(In case you don’t know, graffiti is a form of design that has become very popular in recent years, especially in the urban areas of Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and other major cities in the US. You can check out the whole guide to graffiti on our website, TheGraffitiGuide.com.)
In an interview with The New York Times, Paul Banks, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), claimed that one reason for LAPD’s anti-graffiti trend is to make clear that the graffiti is a law enforcement priority.
“We need to be able to point to a graffiti incident where people do it with impunity, where we are able to identify suspects and put them behind bars,” he said.
But why? Why not just remove the graffiti? In order to eliminate graffiti the cops have to take every possible step to capture suspects and to prevent graffiti from spreading further.
To make themselves more “hands-on” in graffiti patrol, the LAPD now require all patrol cars to have automatic high-visibility orange lights on them. According to a report published by Vice News, it is no coincidence that all vehicles with that sort of paint are heavily visible.
The cameras also have to be mounted inside the car, as in the case of the LAPD. According to Vice News, the cameras can actually block the wind noise and help to identify perpetrators.
But some residents believe the cameras do more harm than good, as they attract the people who do graffiti on their own, who might be more likely to be aggressive and destructive in their graffiti and more likely to go to jail than graffiti artists.
“Graffiti artists who don’t want to pay the steep fines associated with graffiti and vandalizing buildings are in violation of the law,” wrote City News Service blogger James C. Jones. “It is the ‘art’ we have created… it’s our personal art, we have a right to it!”
Not so much.
The most obvious advantage of cameras is that they help the police with their jobs, but it is more than that. They are also expensive, and they are becoming more and more expensive as technology improves.
That’s because cameras are expensive to install and maintain, unlike the graffiti artists. There is a reason they cost about $1,000 in cameras per patrol car.
A video by The Daily Telegraph showed two of the five Los Angeles officers who were assigned to patrol the Westside neighborhoods of
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