In 2007, Montgomery County became the first Maryland jurisdiction to establish a speed camera program, and soon after police began handling calls for camera vandalism. In the past six years, black spray paint has been used and yellow paint pellets. Vandals have scratched the camera’s glass lenses and even stolen computer parts they’ve pried open from the cameras.
Despite the crimes, including the most recent swastika graffiti, Mr. Andrews said a majority of the public supports the speed camera program.
“It’s a small minority that are resorting to this kind of thing,” he said. “The speed cameras were approved through a democratic process. They’re not something imposed by someone not accountable to the public. It does work. It frees up police officers to focus on the sorts of things that only police officers can do, such as investigating crimes.”