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Security cameras installed in tunnel

July 24, 2009|Gerrick D. Kennedy

A dozen surveillance cameras have been installed inside a San Fernando Valley tunnel that has been hard-hit by graffiti vandalism.

The 711-foot tunnel on Sherman Way under the Van Nuys Airport has been riddled with graffiti for years, and residents were fed up, said Stacy Bellew, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas.

"Our main message was, 'Taggers beware. You are entering a no-tag zone,' " Bellew said. "If you decide to get out of your car and tag, we are going to catch you at every angle."

The cameras and posted warning signs will serve as a deterrent to taggers and help police catch violators, Bellew said.

Two more cameras will be installed within six weeks with the capability of capturing license plate numbers, she said.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

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