Motion-sensors leave vandals soaking wet in Calif.


By Alison Hewitt, Staff Writer
San Gabriel Valley Tribune  
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Gang graffiti is painted on the sidewalk on 103rd Street in front of David Starr Jordan High School in the Watts district of Los Angeles April 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
WEST COVINA, Calif. — A new high-tech, motion-sensor pilot program to combat graffiti could catch vandals on film - and leave them soaking wet.

West Covina installed motion-sensitive sprinklers about a week ago in several locations, where video and still cameras that talk will be installed later this week. Anyone wandering around a park at one of the sprinklers' pilot locations after the park is closed for the night will get caught in a spray of water, said Police Chief Frank Wills.

The sprinkler project is all about annoying criminals away, he said.

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