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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 29
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2013-09-09 01:31:10 PM
8 votes:
1774- The Intolerable Acts, including warrant-less, unreasonable search and seizure.

1776 -  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

If they catch this person he should insist on trial by jury.
2013-09-09 01:54:16 PM
4 votes:
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 01:50:54 PM
3 votes:
You mean the same Maryland police who just illegally released the names, SSNs, DOBs, places of birth, etc. of thousands upon thousands of MD citizens to members of the general public because they can't keep up with their paperwork?  Link

Yeah, fark those guys, fark them and the horse they rode in on....
2013-09-09 01:24:02 PM
3 votes:
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.
KIA
2013-09-09 01:22:36 PM
3 votes:
A rockslide can begin with a pebble...
2013-09-09 03:11:16 PM
2 votes:

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 02:12:46 PM
2 votes:
I saw the whole thing. Here's a police artist sketch of the culprit. Happy to help.

www.redgage.com
2013-09-09 01:38:06 PM
2 votes:
Spray paint can be cleaned off, no half measures.

www.controleradar.org

www.rtfa.net
2013-09-09 01:36:00 PM
2 votes:
We need more of this. Much more of this.
2013-09-09 01:31:10 PM
2 votes:
FTA: The numbers "1776" and "1774" were also spray painted on the equipment.

Maybe it's unfair to profile, but those numbers cause me to suspect that young men on sport bikes, and young asians/latinos in hot-rodded imports are not to blame.

Narrow your search to white guys in American vehicles that received at least two tickets from the vandalized cameras in the last 30 days.

You're welcome.
2013-09-09 01:16:59 PM
2 votes:
2013-09-09 01:16:23 PM
2 votes:
This Bud's for you, Mister Speed Camera Spray Paint Guy.

I have absolutely no problem with this.
2013-09-09 01:13:11 PM
2 votes:
I'd help by buying him more spray paint.  He'll be caught eventually if he keeps doing, right?
2013-09-09 04:38:56 PM
1 votes:

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?

transitionculture.org
2013-09-09 04:30:19 PM
1 votes:

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
2013-09-09 03:33:21 PM
1 votes:
img849.imageshack.us
2013-09-09 03:01:11 PM
1 votes:

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 02:51:24 PM
1 votes:

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 02:45:41 PM
1 votes:

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 02:11:20 PM
1 votes:

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 01:53:45 PM
1 votes:

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 01:49:41 PM
1 votes:
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?
2013-09-09 01:27:10 PM
1 votes:

musicmanboston: P.$. I think I $till owe them $ome money for a ticket. Good farking luck with that. I will never, ever pay it.


I'm ok paying for a ticket as long as I make collecting it more costly than the ticket is actually worth.
2013-09-09 01:24:03 PM
1 votes:
P.$. I think I $till owe them $ome money for a ticket. Good farking luck with that. I will never, ever pay it.
2013-09-09 01:20:53 PM
1 votes:
$o, the Sali$bury Police need help $olving thi$ mo$t heinous$ of crime$? It i$ de$picable that $omeone would deface the$e ab$olutely vital piece$ of public $afety equipment. It truly i$ $o $ad.
2013-09-09 01:18:02 PM
1 votes:
He needs to spray the cameras with the same color as their housings.
2013-09-09 01:15:49 PM
1 votes:
You want my help with one of the most corrupt police organizations on the planet?
yeah, soon as I get done blowing the Pope.
2013-09-09 01:13:17 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-09-09 01:12:22 PM
1 votes:
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -- Police in Salisbury are asking for help figuring out who spray painted five speed cameras.
An officer on patrol over the weekend noticed that two cameras on Route 50 and Davis Street had been spray painted with red paint. The numbers "1776" and "1774" were also spray painted on the equipment. Officers checked the other speed cameras and found that the same numbers were spray painted on two cameras located on East College Avenue and one camera on East Main Street.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

O_o

So, who is at X1774?
 
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