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Taggers busted by security camera

July 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new community-funded security system is catching taggers on tape in the Sherman Way tunnel in Van Nuys.The system of 12 cameras provides a live feed and records activity inside the 711-foot tunnel, which has been the constant target of taggers for years.

The system is designed to help police catch them and put an end to the graffiti. City officials plan to install two more cameras in the coming weeks.

The local community pitched in to raise the $30,000 needed to buy and install the system.

After the city spent some $36,000 last year alone removing graffiti from the tunnel, contributors say their investment is already paying off.

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