LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A citywide graffiti tracking program begins Friday.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports Los Angeles officials are shooting for the 70 per cent reduction that Orange County claims it saw after the sheriff’s deputies implemented the tracking system.

The Tracking and Automated Graffiti Removal System allows graffiti cleaning crews to take pictures of graffiti with smart phones.

Those photos are then uploaded to an LAPD database and used to gather evidence for prosecution and restitution.

The city spends about 10 million dollars a year cleaning up graffiti.

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Comments (11)
  1. Lenny says:

    As much as I Like good quality graffiti, this is for the best.

    1. vince says:

      agreed…as much as i repect graffiti as an art…I don’t think it’s right to destroy someone elses property…or put a financial drain on anyone…not to mention how many aren’t even good artists…

  2. kevin says:

    I say shoot these illegals doing grafitti!

    1. vince says:

      what about the non-illegals doing graffiti? is that okay? when growing up there were tons of “legal” citizens in tagging crews…yes…even the white kids.

      1. kevin says:

        These mexicans are not real artist! When civilized people do art you can see it at a museum, not on some liquor store wall in a 3rd world like neighborhood!

  3. Joe Dionne says:

    Lenny, you’re a moron.

    1. Lenny says:

      Joe – some people like sculptures, some like framed paintings. I like graffiti.
      As long as it’s legal.

      1. vince says:

        Joe you may or may not know it but many “graffiti artists” have moved on to actually producing works of art that sell for great money…not to mention those who have gone on to do artwork for clothing lines, printed works, and so on…what started off illegal for many…ends up being the training grounds for something bigger…too bad you didn’t think of it huh?

      2. Al says:

        Anybody who likes graffiti is GHETTO!!! Grow up, man! I mean, seriously!

        Al Sanchez

  4. John Thomas says:

    Lenny: art was not ment to destroy property or lower its value.

    1. Lenny says:

      John – I agree I just like the art form.

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