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(WTOP)   Maryland police would like your help catching the vandal, possibly a terrorist, who spray-painted 5 speed cameras last night. So, yeah. Let's all get right on helping them with that   (wtop.com) divider line 119
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2013-09-09 01:53:45 PM

If he's doing this right, shouldn't he be painted as an Indian, waiting nearby with a tomahawk (or modern silenced equiv) for the repair crew?


Where is the link to the kickstarter fund to supply paint?

 
2013-09-09 01:54:16 PM
The really devious play would be to use a spray can of that glass etching stuff they sell at craft stores.  Even if the thing is 15 or 20 feet up, one of those extendable spray can poles designed for reaching hornet nests could reach it.

It would leave no obvious damage, the lens would just be blurry.  After a while they might send someone out to clean the lens.  They'd clean it and it would still be blurry.  No usable photos.

Using red spray paint embarrasses the authorities.  You can be damn sure they'll have it fixed in days.

Use glass etching compound, it may take them weeks to realize they have a problem, then more weeks to diagnose the problem, then a few more to order the glass, then more to send out someone to replace the glass.  It could be out of commission for months.
 
2013-09-09 01:55:18 PM
hereandnow.wbur.org
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-09 01:59:30 PM

Enemabag Jones: It would really help to convince me that this wasn't about money if companies didn't do the setup for free and take a straight cut of the profits.

How does this not quality qualify as illegal and immoral?

FTFY
Now, to answer your query, it IS immoral. The illegal part is solved by our lawmakers f*cking us in our collective asses by just constantly changing the laws to suit their little schemes.
 
2013-09-09 01:59:46 PM
 
2013-09-09 01:59:59 PM
This would be a cool paintball challenge.
 
2013-09-09 02:06:13 PM
I'm surprised those cameras actually work. I know I've driven through the ones on 50 by Wicomico Middle much faster than I should have been and never received a notice. The tolerance on them must be set pretty high.
 
2013-09-09 02:07:50 PM
I've often wondered if those cameras have IR filters over the lens... If not, one could mount a few ultrabright IR LED's around the license plate to blind the camera trying to read your tag.

No vandalism required. They can still take your picture, but your tag would be unreadable.
/ am sure they thought of that.
 
2013-09-09 02:11:20 PM

flynn80: I'd help by buying him more spray paint.  He'll be caught eventually if he keeps doing, right?


Traveling the country, making life better for all? Johnny Spraypaintlight... a legend is born.
 
2013-09-09 02:12:46 PM
I saw the whole thing. Here's a police artist sketch of the culprit. Happy to help.

www.redgage.com
 
2013-09-09 02:13:02 PM
Police sketch of the suspect.

i271.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-09 02:13:46 PM

HAMMERTOE: Paintballs
Slingshot
Practice
Profit


paintball paint washes off very easily.

We want to make it costly to operate.  Kill the profit, you kill the camera.
 
2013-09-09 02:17:02 PM

Keeve: I saw the whole thing. Here's a police artist sketch of the culprit. Happy to help.

[www.redgage.com image 372x600]


shopped.
original?
Oblig.
 
2013-09-09 02:24:16 PM

K3rmy: Watch the number of accidents increase at those intersections.  The culprit should be charged with negligent homicide for every death that occurs as well as be marked as an accomplice to any infraction observe at those locations.  This should happen until such time the cameras are fully functional again.

Also, the individual should have to reimburse the city for estimated monies lost as well as face criminal charges for vandalism.


3/10. I'll give ya credit for this reply
 
2013-09-09 02:26:56 PM

Girion47: We want to make it costly to operate. Kill the profit, you kill the camera.


Sending a guy out to wipe off the lens several times a day isn't going to be particularly cheap, even if he does only need to bring a bottle of windex.
 
2013-09-09 02:29:26 PM

wikid one: I'm surprised those cameras actually work. I know I've driven through the ones on 50 by Wicomico Middle much faster than I should have been and never received a notice. The tolerance on them must be set pretty high.


In Maryland, you won't get a ticket unless you are going at least 12 mph over the limit.  And, the ticket is $40 with no points.  So, on the whole, if you get a ticket here, you kind of deserve it.  Although, 37 in a 25 seems a little more culpable than 67 on a 55 mph interstate.
 
2013-09-09 02:38:13 PM
If I found him, I'd buy him two six packs. One of beer and the other of spray paint.
 
2013-09-09 02:38:50 PM

Smeggy Smurf: groppet: Yup we will get right on that. I always figured a good way to mess them up would be to smear vasaline on the lens or lens cover. It would be harder to spot then.

black spraypaint on a black lens
or a .17 pellet
or if you're particularly ornery, a .22 from a silenced rifle.  You do know how to make a silencer for a .22 right?


Place chihuahua over muzzle?

\aisle seat, please
 
2013-09-09 02:41:49 PM
I have no problem with speed/red light cameras. They're there for the protection of those around you. it's one thing to push the limit by a few miles an hour when you're late for something, but I don't care what kind of car you drive or how good a driver you think you are, you're putting other peoples lives in danger driving at excessive speeds.
 
2013-09-09 02:43:45 PM
jezza approves of this misconduct
 
2013-09-09 02:45:41 PM

ReapTheChaos: but I don't care what kind of car you drive or how good a driver you think you are, you're putting other peoples lives in danger driving at excessive speeds.


You don't seem to mind it when the car's got blue lights on it...

Hypocritical bastiges, make sudden maneuvers in traffic, then do 100 in traffic to write a ticket for 75.
 
2013-09-09 02:50:22 PM
I've heard of one guy (urban legend?) who got caught on a low level speed camera.
Guy came back late at night and took a leak on the camera (housing or pole)...just as another car speeds by and the camera takes a very interesting action shot.
 
2013-09-09 02:51:04 PM

Smeggy Smurf: groppet: Yup we will get right on that. I always figured a good way to mess them up would be to smear vasaline on the lens or lens cover. It would be harder to spot then.

black spraypaint on a black lens
or a .17 pellet
or if you're particularly ornery, a .22 from a silenced rifle.   You do know how to make a silencer for a .22 right?


It's really not necessary to do that if you are competent and only shoot once. Virtually 100% of people will briefly wonder and then ignore a single gun shot. In addition, they will not have a clue as to the direction or distance. So: service one camera at intersection A, then drive to Intersections B, C, and D and service single cameras at those places. Then return to A a few hours later. Rinse and repeat. Easy peasy.

Purely hypothetical, you understand.
 
2013-09-09 02:51:24 PM

The_Original_Roxtar: if this keeps up, they might have to send cops out to watch the cameras. while they're out there, they might even write some speeding tickets.


Then we might need some cameras to monitor the police, for their safety.
 
2013-09-09 02:52:12 PM

maxheck: I've often wondered if those cameras have IR filters over the lens... If not, one could mount a few ultrabright IR LED's around the license plate to blind the camera trying to read your tag.

No vandalism required. They can still take your picture, but your tag would be unreadable.
/ am sure they thought of that.


Use an IR LASER diode ( I might suggest a 980nm 4W c-mount in an aluminum block that looks just like a license plate frame ) aimed at the plate. Doesn't matter how good the IR filters on the cameras are. Just a big beautiful bloom of over saturation to any digital camera, and yet it looks perfectly normal to the human eye.
 
2013-09-09 02:53:55 PM

drb9: wikid one: I'm surprised those cameras actually work. I know I've driven through the ones on 50 by Wicomico Middle much faster than I should have been and never received a notice. The tolerance on them must be set pretty high.

In Maryland, you won't get a ticket unless you are going at least 12 mph over the limit.  And, the ticket is $40 with no points.  So, on the whole, if you get a ticket here, you kind of deserve it.  Although, 37 in a 25 seems a little more culpable than 67 on a 55 mph interstate.


I think that zone is 35 or 40. I usually have the cruise set in the high 40s depending on traffic. I might want to back off if it is 35 then. I'll have to check.
 
2013-09-09 03:01:11 PM

Girion47: HAMMERTOE: Paintballs
Slingshot
Practice
Profit

paintball paint washes off very easily.

We want to make it costly to operate.  Kill the profit, you kill the camera.


Wasn't there a county judge somewhere that ruled that all revenue had to go to car accident victims and the program was killed in about a week?
 
2013-09-09 03:06:47 PM

RandomRandom: The really devious play would be to use a spray can of that glass etching stuff they sell at craft stores.  Even if the thing is 15 or 20 feet up, one of those extendable spray can poles designed for reaching hornet nests could reach it.

It would leave no obvious damage, the lens would just be blurry.  After a while they might send someone out to clean the lens.  They'd clean it and it would still be blurry.  No usable photos.

Using red spray paint embarrasses the authorities.  You can be damn sure they'll have it fixed in days.

Use glass etching compound, it may take them weeks to realize they have a problem, then more weeks to diagnose the problem, then a few more to order the glass, then more to send out someone to replace the glass.  It could be out of commission for months.


Excellent.
 
2013-09-09 03:08:11 PM
I have 2 weeks vacation coming. I am going up there help track down this menace to society. Can anyone thing of a better way to spend ones paid time off, than to help one's fellow man?
 
2013-09-09 03:11:16 PM

Enemabag Jones: It would really help to convince me that this wasn't about money if companies didn't do the setup for free and take a straight cut of the profits.

How does this not quality as illegal and immoral?


This. Turning law enforcement into a for-profit enterprise leads to making more people a criminal in order to extract more money.
 
2013-09-09 03:12:28 PM
What's with all the hate for traffic cameras? The way people drive around D.C, there's a reason we have them.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-09 03:12:34 PM

Hannibal Lecter's Understudy: RandomRandom: The really devious play would be to use a spray can of that glass etching stuff they sell at craft stores.  Even if the thing is 15 or 20 feet up, one of those extendable spray can poles designed for reaching hornet nests could reach it.

It would leave no obvious damage, the lens would just be blurry.  After a while they might send someone out to clean the lens.  They'd clean it and it would still be blurry.  No usable photos.

Using red spray paint embarrasses the authorities.  You can be damn sure they'll have it fixed in days.

Use glass etching compound, it may take them weeks to realize they have a problem, then more weeks to diagnose the problem, then a few more to order the glass, then more to send out someone to replace the glass.  It could be out of commission for months.

Excellent.


Won't happen that way. Here's why: You will be interrupting the revenue stream. Private companies "own" the maintenance of said camera setups.
Companies that want $$, so they will send some poor slob out to "fix our money machine ASAP" even if it is currently raining 4-normal Nitric acid, because $$$!
 
2013-09-09 03:16:13 PM
We need help finding this guy so we can buy him more spraypaint.
 
2013-09-09 03:17:52 PM

K3rmy: Watch the number of accidents increase at those intersections.  The culprit should be charged with negligent homicide for every death that occurs as well as be marked as an accomplice to any infraction observe at those locations.  This should happen until such time the cameras are fully functional again.

Also, the individual should have to reimburse the city for estimated monies lost as well as face criminal charges for vandalism.


Also, the Mayor is asserting the right of prima nocta until this rebellion is bred out of the peasants.
 
2013-09-09 03:18:42 PM
Borf Lives!
 
2013-09-09 03:22:27 PM

buckeyebrain: Can't find a good enough pic with GIS, but I'm imagining the robbery scene at the end of 'Fast Times'.


Always willing to help out.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-09 03:28:17 PM

The_Original_Roxtar: DORMAMU: Molavian: Smeggy Smurf: You do know how to make a silencer for a .22 right?

Sure, it's easy.

Too complicated.

Use an empty 20oz or 1liter soda bottle taped to end of barrel.

/only good for 1, maybe 2 shots.

use a large oil filter and a thread adapter (provided you have a threaded barrel of course)
http://www.2acheck.com/tag/threaded-barrel-adapter/


Heh.  A threaded barrel is a dead giveaway.   Y'all need to think this through a little more.  How would you assemble a silencer in the field with a multi-tool?  I know and I'm not telling you rat bastards.
 
2013-09-09 03:33:21 PM
img849.imageshack.us
 
2013-09-09 03:37:45 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-09 03:38:31 PM

Allen262: [img849.imageshack.us image 159x93]


First time ...Huh
Second time - what is going on here?
third time - is this some sort of animation?
finally - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!
 
2013-09-09 03:39:14 PM

Smeggy Smurf: or a .17 pellet


Na doesn't work, the lexan or acrylic or whatever they use on the outer case lens is too strong for the small pellet mass to do enough damage. Or at least I heard that was the case with a 900fps rifle. Although I guess all the models of camera may not be the same.
 
2013-09-09 03:46:01 PM

Tricky Chicken: finally - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!


I love how the last few pics are of the cops' faces when they stop.
 
2013-09-09 03:46:28 PM

Smeggy Smurf: groppet: Yup we will get right on that. I always figured a good way to mess them up would be to smear vasaline on the lens or lens cover. It would be harder to spot then.

black spraypaint on a black lens
or a .17 pellet
or if you're particularly ornery, a .22 from a silenced rifle.  You do know how to make a silencer for a .22 right?


Or a paintball gun. Of course then walking around town at 3am with a paintball gun may lead to more immediate problems.
 
2013-09-09 03:46:45 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: This Bud's for you, Mister Speed Camera Spray Paint Guy.


Bud Light presents...Real Men of Genius (reeeeel men of geeeeeeeeenyuss!)
Today we salute you, Mr Speed-Camera-Spray Painter Guy (MisterspeedcameraspraypaHAAAYNTERGAAA!)
While many of us would curse a blue streak at the jerkwad bureaucrat who sent us the citation (I can't feed my kids dinner!)
You take matters into your own hands and paint the streak black instead (as dark as midnight!)
So crack open an ice-cold Bud Light, O Variegate Vigilante - you may be a Public Enemy, but you're OUR #1. (Misterspeedcameraspraypaaaaaaaaintergaaaa)

// AnheuserBusch, St Louis, Missouri
 
2013-09-09 03:49:25 PM
There are a few spots where I have considered using 3*5 index cards.   I can't shake the idea that I'm going to be on video when I do it.  The other camera, bank security cams, whatever.
 
2013-09-09 03:51:05 PM

Tricky Chicken: Allen262: [img849.imageshack.us image 159x93]

First time ...Huh
Second time - what is going on here?
third time - is this some sort of animation?
finally - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!


It is shame that I had to resize down such awesomeness because of fark's 750KB max for .gifs.
 
2013-09-09 04:08:26 PM

thetubameister: Smeggy Smurf: groppet: Yup we will get right on that. I always figured a good way to mess them up would be to smear vasaline on the lens or lens cover. It would be harder to spot then.

black spraypaint on a black lens
or a .17 pellet
or if you're particularly ornery, a .22 from a silenced rifle.  You do know how to make a silencer for a .22 right?

Place chihuahua over muzzle?

\aisle seat, please


*likes the cut of your jib*

www.allaccess.com
 
2013-09-09 04:16:33 PM
I shed a tear...of happiness.  That person is a hero.
 
2013-09-09 04:20:19 PM

Allen262: Tricky Chicken: Allen262: [img849.imageshack.us image 159x93]

First time ...Huh
Second time - what is going on here?
third time - is this some sort of animation?
finally - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!

It is shame that I had to resize down such awesomeness because of fark's 750KB max for .gifs.


I think we'd all appreciate a link to a larger version.
 
2013-09-09 04:30:19 PM

TheEndIsNigh: Allen262: Tricky Chicken: Allen262: [img849.imageshack.us image 159x93]

First time ...Huh
Second time - what is going on here?
third time - is this some sort of animation?
finally - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!

It is shame that I had to resize down such awesomeness because of fark's 750KB max for .gifs.

I think we'd all appreciate a link to a larger version.

Large Speed Camera gif
 
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