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Mar 4, 2011 1:38 PM

LA hopes new system will stop graffiti vandals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles officials have unveiled a new system of tracking graffiti as vandals leave their mark around the city.

Officials on Friday said they are creating a database that will be used to store photographs of graffiti vandalism.

Clean-up crews will use smart phones to snap pictures of the graffiti, which can then be uploaded to the database. This will provide police officers with real-time information about where individual vandals and tagging crews are operating.

Police can respond accordingly, either by sending in more patrols or by putting an area under surveillance.

The photographs can also be used as evidence in court.

The new system is being deployed in four police divisions, but eventually will be used across the city.

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