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Speaking camera's warnings see off graffiti artists

Discussion in 'Third Rail' started by imported_Europe, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. Speaking camera's warnings see off graffiti artists

    ALASTAIR DALTON
    TRANSPORT CORRESPONDENT


    RAIL police have scored a surprise victory against graffiti artists by using speed camera-type equipment that catches offenders in the act.

    A motion-sensitive camera at a graffiti black spot in Glasgow has wiped out the problem by photographing trespassers and broadcasting pre-recorded verbal warnings.

    The cunning FlashCam device is triggered by movement and flashes twice.

    The first flash prompts those caught in the camera’s view to look towards it, then a second flash captures the offenders on film.

    The United States-built equipment also issues a warning in an American accent.

    It states: "You are in a restricted area. Law enforcement agencies have been advised of your presence."

    The British Transport Police (BTP), which patrol the rail network, have successfully used FlashCams south of the Border to deter vandalism and rubbish-dumping on lines, and drug dealing in underpasses.

    However, Scottish officers were surprised at the device’s success when drafted in for a pilot anti-graffiti project at a favourite target site near Glasgow Central station.

    They said vandals had fled when they triggered the camera, leaving the site untouched.

    Senior officers said they would now be keen to retain the camera in Scotland to test its other crime-busting potential.

    Superintendent Ronnie Mellis, the BTP’s area commander for Scotland, said: "The camera stopped the problem dead. There is scope for us there.

    "I could see us using it for tackling vandals and trespassers on railways."

    The FlashCam is part of a rail industry crackdown on graffiti in Scotland.

    Other measures include ScotRail’s use of new cleaning materials to remove "tags" (signatures) from trains as soon as they appear.

    The BTP is also using digital cameras to compile computerised records of graffiti attacks.

    However, it has yet to acquire software that can digitally match photographs of the same tags from different sites.

    Mr Mellis said there was anecdotal evidence that the crackdown was shifting the problem from the railways to other areas, with an increase in graffiti in Glasgow city centre being noted.

    However, he admitted that FlashCams would not provide a permanent solution to the problem, since graffiti artists were likely to return to a site when a camera was moved.

    In London, installation of a cameras prompted drug users to flee from a favourite haunt in Camden after complaints were made.

    The equipment has also been used to protect a memorial garden for the victims of the Potters Bar rail crash in Hertfordshire.

    The garden had been attacked by graffiti artists defacing its walls.

    The BTP believes eradicating graffiti is a key move in improving passengers’ sense of security while travelling on the railways.

    It said: "Graffiti gives the sense of a fear of crime and danger."

    http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=649372004
     
  2. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 3,575 Likes Received: 0
    <span style='color:indigo'>"GRAFFITI ATTACKS". Hell yeah.</span>
     
  3. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...good luck with that one...
     
  4. InDY_500

    InDY_500 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 30, 2002 Messages: 5,169 Likes Received: 67
    We had one of those installed behind my previous job and it sayed the same excat thing, it was up for about a month or so and all it ever caputred was pizza delivery guys goin to their car or my and my fellow workers dumping garbage.....It always pissed us off cause it wouldnt shut up...I would keep goin on and on for like 10 mins straight.....
     
  5. Yorick

    Yorick New Jack

    Joined: Jun 5, 2004 Messages: 12 Likes Received: 0
    Yeah well, now that writers know about it, if you see a flash, duck and cover...

    We're lucky here, no high-tech security...
     
  6. wreck one

    wreck one New Jack

    Joined: May 14, 2004 Messages: 13 Likes Received: 0
    where are you from?
     
  7. FR8HOUND

    FR8HOUND Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 21, 2001 Messages: 6,795 Likes Received: 38
    WOW, what will they think of next..Glad we're spending all kinds of money on graff prevention, clean up, etc...instead of focusing on bigger and worse problems, that need to be addressed..FTG
     
  8. RubbeRBand

    RubbeRBand Member

    Joined: Oct 14, 2003 Messages: 525 Likes Received: 0
    OH HELL yeah- what a fucking piece of shit. Who's going to be the one to break that fucking camera fucking piece of shit. Two flashes fuckers@
     
  9. imported_b0b

    imported_b0b Guest

    this is what balaclavas were invented for.
     
  10. Adernaline

    Adernaline Member

    Joined: Jun 13, 2004 Messages: 531 Likes Received: 0
    does it actually contact the people it says it is?
     
  11. DaDecorators

    DaDecorators Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2004 Messages: 185 Likes Received: 0
    take a ladder, approach it from behind,smash a hole in it from the top with a claw hammer or with a steel hole punch.....pour in lighter fluid and set them on fire.....

    if they keep repairing it keep doing it....let it cool down again so you dont get nicked and do it again....

    that would take 5 mins max...

    or angle grind the cunts down.....its still only criminal damage youll get the same for the graff anyway.

    make no mistake, this is a war... you have to fight them with anything you can...and remember what your fighting for ...freedom of expression, whole car pieces of art...neva forget that it is a crime to destroy art.....WARRIORS! always stand strong in the face of ignorance and persecution.

    they kill people in the name of freedom(Iraq).....and lock us up for expressing our freedom to create.

    Remember to fight and run away so that you can live to fight another day.
     
  12. phels

    phels Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 17, 2003 Messages: 206 Likes Received: 0
    good point, they obviously cant afford that many cameras cos they move em once the graffiti stops. if graffiti writers start taking them home as trophies they gonna run out pretty fast!
     
  13. CrazyLazy

    CrazyLazy Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 17, 2003 Messages: 1,681 Likes Received: 0
    They are behind the times when they have to move the cameras and they don't even have the software to match tags up. It's like wow, "let's use these new digital cameras because we can put them on the computer, but who needs the software to actually make it more technologically advanced and worth while?" What evs.
     
  14. 00

    00 Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 7, 2004 Messages: 120 Likes Received: 0
    does it really call the cops on you or just not shut up and fry your brain with its elecrto-voice namby pamby?

    where are the pictures stored?how many can be stored? will it take more pictures if you keep triggering it?
     
  15. trackstand

    trackstand Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 21, 2004 Messages: 2,262 Likes Received: 3
    What?
     
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