FlashCAM Installation

2012 Graffiti Hurts FlashCAM Grant Winner: Keep Las Cruces Beautiful

Congratulations to Keep Las Cruces Beautiful of Las Cruces, NM!

The City of Las Cruces has been focused on addressing the growing graffiti problem in their city and implemented a comprehensive graffiti reduction program. This program included prompt reporting, quick abatement, community prevention and educational programs. Unfortunately, they were still seeing a rise in graffiti vandalism even with this well developed program.

With this issue on hand, Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) applied for the FlashCAM Grant to add a “new tool for the enforcement of existing graffiti codes and energize the graffiti enforcement community.” KLCB works closely with the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) Codes Enforcement division, and together they serve as the dedicated leaders overseeing this program to protect the community from graffiti vandals.

In addition to deterring the taggers with their new FlashCAM, they plan to use the high resolution images that are captured on the FlashCAM to help them prosecute these graffiti vandals. This increase in arrest and prosecutions will also serve as a deterrent by sending the message that graffiti in Las Cruces will not be tolerated.

For more information on Graffiti Hurts or the 2013 Grant Program, please visit their website at

2011 Graffiti Hurts FlashCAM Grant Recipent: Tyler Against Graffiti

In 2011, Q-Star Technology partnered with Graffiti Hurts by offering a FlashCAM for their grant program.  The Tyler Against Graffiti (TAG) / Keep Tyler Beautiful organization of Tyler, TX was the selected winner because of their own study they had conducted on effective graffiti deterrence strategies.

Prior to their grant application, TAG conducted a 4 week graffiti deterrence study using a FlashCAM borrowed from the city of Tyler’s Code Enforcement Department. This FlashCAM captured graffiti offenders in the act within the first week, and were able to arrest/convict these taggers.  They also rotated the FlashCAM to other troubled graffiti spots, leaving a decoy system in the original location that the FlashCAM was first installed. Since the installation of the decoy, they have not had a single incident at that location for SIX WEEKS!

Because of these results and success they’ve witnessed firsthand, TAG then applied for the FlashCAM grant and stated their future FlashCAM strategy they plan to launch for their city. They received their new FlashCAM in early February 2012 and installed it in a city owned skate park. This skate park was being tagged almost every weekend prior to installation. Now that the FlashCAM is watching over, they happily report that they have not had a single incident of graffiti at this park.

“It’s like having a guard dog on site!” says Gary Lynch of Tyler Against Graffiti (TAG).

For more information on Graffiti Hurts or the 2012 Grant Program, please visit their website at