31 March 2013

Beating graffiti

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the mobile app "VandalTrak" has achieved good results in reducing the incidence of graffiti and increasing concurrent convictions.

Anyone can install the app and take photos of graffiti. It is uploaded to a database along with the location and other data, and made available to police and other organisations. When a graffiti vandal is being interviewed for an offence the police can locate other instances of the graffiti and charge him or her with extra offences.
picture: Hugo, wikimedia commons

The database is, of course, no substitute for real evidence, but it seems to make guilty pleas more likely and send a message to those who realise that a compensation order may no longer be a few hundred dollars but many thousands.

Excellent idea for a mobile app.