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Cameras gone bad....

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by MetalMuncher, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. MetalMuncher

    MetalMuncher New Jack

    Joined: Nov 16, 2002 Messages: 2 Likes Received: 0
    a friend sent this to me the other day...... thought some of you might want to take a look..........

    Camera Is Graffiti's Unwelcome Audience

    December 12, 2002

    WHAT flashes and shouts when it sees something moving,
    helping to stop crime? No, it is not some kind of high-tech
    police robot, but a much simpler invention: a modified film
    camera that is being used in Milwaukee, Los Angeles and
    other cities to deter graffiti vandalism.

    The camera is a Vivitar 35-millimeter flash model that has
    been equipped with a motion detector and a digital voice
    recorder-player and housed in a rugged steel and clear
    plastic case. The system, which works on five C batteries,
    is mounted on a tree or pole overlooking an area where
    graffiti vandals might be tempted to do their work.

    If the system detects motion in the area, it fires the
    camera and flash and issues "a pretty darn loud" warning,
    said Ken Anderson, president of Q-Star Technology, in
    Chatsworth, Calif., which makes the system. The warning,
    which can be recorded by the owner of the system, is
    usually something like: "Stop! This is a restricted area.
    We have just taken your photograph,'' and can be recorded
    and played back in any two languages.

    Mr. Anderson, a former technology newsletter publisher who
    developed the camera system as a hobby, said it was meant
    as an alternative for governments and companies that spend
    a lot of money on removing graffiti.

    Milwaukee, for example, which has more than 200 bridges
    that are targets of graffiti vandals, spent about a million
    dollars two years ago on removal. The money paid for crews
    who sandblasted graffiti or otherwise removed it from
    bridges and repainted them, said Paul Novotny, the bridge
    maintenance manager for the city.

    Now the city uses about 20 of the modified cameras in eight
    locations to deter vandals. The cameras cost $3,000 each
    and are frequently moved from location to location, to keep
    "taggers," as the vandals are called, guessing.

    "Every place we put them in at least pushes the kids away
    from the area that the camera is focused on,'' Mr. Novotny
    said. "They don't go under that bridge anymore." The film
    can be changed as needed - the system comes with a kind of
    remote control for determining, from the ground, how many
    exposures remain. But even if all the exposures are used
    up, the system will keep firing the camera and flash and
    activating the audio player as a deterrent.

    The California Water Service Company's Westlake District
    recently installed a camera at a reservoir in Ventura
    County that is a favorite gathering place for teenagers,
    who would hang out at night with blankets, pizzas and beer
    on top of the concrete holding tank and paint to their
    hearts' content. No more.

    "Since the camera has gone in, we haven't had a problem,''
    said Elaine Marchessault, district manager at the water
    company. "Not one bottle, not one can, not one piece of
    trash and no graffiti."

    So far, no one has been caught with spray can in hand,
    arrested and convicted. And no one has complained about
    being spied upon. Graffiti vandals, though, are finding
    ways to protest. Last month, in Lynwood, Calif., a city of
    60,000 people and 26 anti-graffiti cameras, a tagger
    climbed to the top of a pole where a camera was mounted and
    spray-painted it, said Rudolph Brown, of the public works
    department in Lynwood. The camera did not catch the act:
    its batteries were dead.
  2. 455

    455 Guest

    watch out for the eye in the sky......the fact that cameras are in use is fuckin' bullshit.They would probably go after the graffiti artist first,even if they had a drug deal on tape.fuckin' clucks.
  3. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    i guess its better than sending a secret call to security. and it all happens before you paint so what can they do.
  4. ctrl+alt+del

    ctrl+alt+del Guest

    ahahahha thats cute.