New speed camera near Loch Raven High School vandalized

August 17, 2012|By Pat van den Beemt

Another Baltimore County speed camera has been vandalized.

County police received a phone call at 7:25 a.m. Aug. 17 to report that the newly installed camera on Cromwell Bridge Road near Loch Raven High School had been spray-painted, said police spokesperson Elise Armacost. The camera was not damaged.

She said light red paint was used to spray expletives on the camera casing, and the lens was also painted. But the camera has been cleaned and is back in operation.

"People need to remember that this is a crime," Armacost said. The person responsible would be charged with destruction of property, which is a misdemeanor.

Armacost said this is one of several cameras that have been defaced in the county. Late last month, speed cameras in both Catonsville and Arbutus were spray-painted.

The most serious vandalism occurred at a camera that was burned April 20 on South Rolling Rock Road in Catonsville. Armacost said the person responsible for that would be charged with malicious burning, a felony.

"The whole purpose of these cameras is to slow traffic in school zones," Armacost said.

"It takes very little time for the cameras to be back in operation," she said.

The Cromwell Bridge camera is one of five new speed cameras that began operation on Aug. 8. Baltimore County now has 22 speed cameras located near schools. Motorists who exceed the speed limit are subject to receive $40 tickets.

School zone speed cameras are in use Monday through Friday, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., even during the summer because schools are used for summer school, recreation and parks activities, summer athletics and other activities.

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