SOURCE: Graffiti Tracker Inc.

June 23, 2006 04:26 ET

New Graffiti Tracking System Reduces Graffiti Over 35%

LONG BEACH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 23, 2006 -- Graffiti expert, Tim Kephart has developed an innovative web-based program, The Graffiti Tracker, to aid city administrators and law enforcement track taggers and gang members responsible for graffiti vandalism. Graffiti Tracker Inc. utilizes the latest in Internet and GPS technology to effectively capture, analyze and track every piece of graffiti within cities nationwide.

City administrators and law enforcement officials have access to intelligence reports including all the photos and locations of each vandal's graffiti crimes. "That way, you're not just randomly driving around hoping to catch somebody in the act," Kephart said. "Instead, you're intelligently deploying resources. It saves time and it saves money." The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Carson Station has made over 100 arrests with the use of the Graffiti Tracker, and the City of Carson has seen graffiti decrease more than 35% since it was first piloted in September 2002.

The new web-based system which launched in January 2006 is also being implemented in more than a dozen cities throughout the Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

About Graffiti Tracker Inc:

Graffiti Tracker Incorporated was founded by Timothy Kephart, a recognized graffiti expert in California Superior Court. Kephart studied graffiti as part of his Master's degree and thesis. Through his research he discovered encoded messages contained in graffiti renderings. He subsequently published ways in which law enforcement could employ methods to use this actionable intelligence to reduce graffiti and gang crime. In September of 2002 Kephart came back to Los Angeles to implement his recommendations in the City of Carson. In three years, gang crime has declined significantly and graffiti has been reduced over 35%. Kephart has presented numerous papers on graffiti to organizations like The American Society of Criminology, The Western Society of Criminology and The Homicide Research Working Group.

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