EAST VALLEY CAMERAS FOCUS ON VANDALISM DEVICES TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS, WARN GRAFFITI MARKERS TO FLEE.Byline: ALEX DOBUZINSKIS
NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- With graffiti on the rise, city officials on Wednesday said they are deploying high-tech security cameras to the east San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. to catch vandals in the act.
The FlashCam, a solar-powered gizmo Slang for any hardware device. See gadget. being used at spots heavily hit by graffiti, shines a light and uses a recorded voice to warn potential vandals to move along.
When motorists drive through an intersection and see a flash from a similar camera, they know they've run a red light and that "a ticket is on the way," City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel Wendy Greuel is President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 2nd District. Greuel was elected in 2002 to fill the remainder of the term of Councilman Joel Wachs. She was elected in her own right in 2003 and reelected in 2007. said.
"This is the same concept," she said.
The city is putting three new FlashCam cameras in Greuel's East Valley district, where graffiti crews' work has tripled this year. She is putting up $35,000 in matching funds Noun 1. matching funds - funds that will be supplied in an amount matching the funds available from other sources
cash in hand, finances, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource - assets in the form of money to help buy an additional 10, with residents and businesses expected to put up another $35,000 to buy those cameras.
The city has been using the cameras elsewhere for eight years, and has more than 70 of them in operation. Based on where taggers are spraying graffiti, city officials move the cameras around, putting them in alleys, parks and other graffiti hot spots hot spots
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The cameras are made by a Chatsworth-based company, Q-Star Technology. In recent years, the Years, The
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"It's like any other technology: It's not foolproof," said Steve Hillsman, company president. "But if you've got a problem area, it works."
The camera uses a motion-detection system and comes on when someone is loitering Loitering (IPA pronunciation: ['lɔɪtəˌrɪŋ] is an intransitive verb meaning to stand idly, to stop numerous times, or to delay and procrastinate. in front of the lens. When it takes a photo, it plays a recorded voice through a loudspeaker.
The cameras that Greuel unveiled Wednesday say: "Stop! It is illegal to vandalize this area. Your photo has just been taken and we will use this photograph to prosecute you. Leave now!"
Mario Acosta from Graffiti Control Systems adjusts a motion sensor/camera at the intersection of Laurelgrove Avenue and Hartland Street in North Hollywood.
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