Officials hope cameras deter taggers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIMAS – The next time a vandal wants to strike in San Dimas, city officials said they should be prepared to say “cheese.”The city is working to install two Flashcam systems to crack down on graffiti and vandalism in the city.“Two of the biggest complaints City Council members get is speeding on residential streets and graffiti,” Councilman Denis Bertone said. “Graffiti goes in cycles and lately there has been more than in the past.”Each $5,000 system comes equipped with a high-quality digital camera, motion sensor device and a high-powered flash mechanism.Once the camera detects movement, during the day or at night, it automatically takes a series of pictures and sends a loud verbal warning.“The whole intent is to act as a deterrent to random acts of vandalism and it has proven to be very effective,” Assistant City Manager Ken Duran said.San Dimas officials said they hope when people see the flash and hear the warning they’ll leave without vandalizing any property or breaking the law.However, if problems occur, Duran said the pictures taken may be used as evidence in court.“The camera has a pretty powerful flash and it has the ability to read a license plate frame up to 100 feet away,” Duran said. “So we’ll be able to tell who it is.”Unfortunately for “Shorty” Feldbush, owner of A&M Direct Mail Services, the individuals who burglarized his store three times and vandalized it twice this year were too quick to catch.“They are smash-and-run type burglars,” Feldbush, 72, said. “By the time the sheriff deputies are called they don’t have enough time to get here and apprehend anyone.”Feldbush said that while he has already installed security systems on his own, he does support anything the city can do to help.“They smash in windows and get away with what they can, but having these cameras in place will hopefully make it harder for them to do,” he said. Over the past two years the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station has had 369 reported cases of vandalism, which include graffiti and destruction to property, officials said.“There is a problem here with vandalism and graffiti and although it’s not really big, I think this system will help to keep it under control,” Deputy Rob Upham, regional allocated police service coordinator, said.The portable Flashcam systems will be placed at various locations throughout the city. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109last_img

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