Tuesday, October 15, 2013
ICOPS Rosetta Stone?
Location - Morse south side in between Lakewood and Wayne Avenues. Photos taken @ 8/24/13 at 6:24 pm. In case you haven't read the DNAinfo.com article click here. If Chicago already had a graffiti tracker program this information, the tags and locations would've already been catalogued in a central database. With hidden cameras at predictable hot spots this program has captured many taggers in the United States. This "piece" in and of itself is not bad. However it gets a bit much when its all over the northside and near north suburbs.
L.A. launched a graffiti tracker program powered by smart phones in 2011. In the article it mentions that the city spends 10 million dollars a year cleaning up graffiti. The smart phone app used with the graffiti tracker program is called Report It!. La Mesa California has had some success in decreasing the number of graffiti "incidents". The program isn't that expensive. "The software costs the city about $1,500 a year. The city has won around $8,000 in restitution so far, he said."
The tag means nothing. Most taggers are high school age and tag as a means to get attention and to defy authority. This case is no different or special. In general the community and city are doing a great job cleaning up graffiti and tags. Keep up the good work neighbors.