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Anti-Graffiti Cameras Could Catch Vandals

Hyattsville City Council set to give final approval for purchase of two automated anti-graffiti cameras.

Anti-Graffiti Cameras Could Catch Vandals

The is one step closer to purchasing two new automated cameras to use to combat vandalism in graffiti prone areas. 

Back in May, the Hyattsille City Council approved a request from the police department to apply for an About two months later, in early July, the city was notified that it had been awarded $11,000 from the federally administered local-law enforcement grant program to go towards the new equipment. 

The cameras, called FlashCAMs, are made by Q-Star Technology. The units feature a digital camera inside a weatherproof metal box and wired to a strobe flash and speaker system. Triggered with a motion sensor, the cameras are able to take a picture and play an audio message warning ne'er-do-wells away. 

Tonight the city council will consider granting final approval of the purchase. The city council will take up the matter at its meeting, set for 8 p.m. in the Hyattsville Municipal Building on Gallatin Street.

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