Graffiti is a crime that is continuing to destroy communities across the US. It can be associated with a ”street artist” signature, hate crimes or indicating gang territories. There isn’t a specific demographic profile, but taggers but most commonly are adolescents that are “angry” towards society and showing their rebellion, bored, frustrated or just lacking adult supervision.
Cities are spending MILLIONS of dollars to reverse the damages by painting over or removing these tags, but are unable to respond at the fast rate of the taggers due to limited resources and budgets. The longer the issue is left unaddressed, the bigger and unmanageable it becomes, even attracting other crime into the area.
Many of our customers that use the FlashCAM for graffiti applications have used the FlashCAM to prosecute repeating taggers. The high resolution images captured by the FlashCAM clearly show these individuals in the midst of tagging, or stopping to look at the camera. These images provide the necessary evidence for identification and prosecution.
In 2011, Q-Star Technology partnered with the organization Graffiti Hurts for their national grant program by adding a FlashCAM grant category, and have also began working with other graffiti abatement programs across the country.