What's the best way to destroy a speed camera?

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01/09/2003 at 19:14
In idle moments I often think of new ways to destroy cameras. Reading the current threads about heavy handed policing, what ideas do we have?
Throwing a tyre around it and lighting it is effective but a little crude, and attracts attention.
Pulling it over with a truck and chain is handy, but again, some muppet will report you and you'll soon be done for it.
Same goes for burning gear and petrol driven grinders - they make a racket (the grinders anyway) and destroying the pole can't be the way to go, it's the expensive equipment inside we need to wreck.
So, my current thinking is along the lines of a 20mm hole drilled discretely late at night in the case and the pouring in of something that will irreparably damage the contents. What, though? Sulphuric acid (drain cleaner) might do the trick perhaps. Something that disolves the plastic resin circuit boards are made of?? Expanding foam?
A sharp object driven into the lens and flash at the same time would add to the damage without making too much noise.

Any advance?




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01/09/2003 at 19:19
can't see the problem with stationary gatso's..
destroying them all is a bit short sighted?


they're usually easy to spot...

if they get all destroyed - what will come in it's place? Mobile units! they're much much more difficult to spot!!!!

so I'd rather keep the gatso's... nice and yellow... know where they are (around here anyway)...


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01/09/2003 at 19:22
id rather burn the buggers to the ground..... considered learning a bit about explosives? i heard sulphuric acid (weedkiller) and sugar is a good one

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01/09/2003 at 19:22
High powered air rifle to lens and flash unit works wonders

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01/09/2003 at 19:24
Catanonia wrote

High powered air rifle to lens and flash unit works wonders


doubt it would penetrate would it? unless it was over 12ft lbs and you have a FAC for it..... i dont rekon my old air rifle would have jobbed mr camera.....

and more ideas needed ppl! all the old farts around here are asking the police to put up more cameras!

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01/09/2003 at 19:25
wouldn't a spray can of black paint do the job ? ... on the lens ?

but yeah, agree with Riz basically, you should be able to spot them ...
01/09/2003 at 19:25
x.Riz.x wrote

t's place? Mobile units!


and who will man them? id rather have mobile units where they have to employ and take an officer off the beat to catch "criminal speeders"

sheepy xxx
01/09/2003 at 19:26
I believe that expanding foam is the method of choice. Even better would be to cut a hole in the camera box big enough to allow you to place a whole canister of foam inside.

Prior to this, you would have put the foam canister in the freezer, long enough to freeze the contents and then cut the top off it just before inserting it into the camera box.

Please post the pictures here when you've done it.

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01/09/2003 at 19:27
Schtum wrote

I believe that expanding foam is the method of choice. Even better would be to cut a hole in the camera box big enough to allow you to place a whole canister of foam inside.

Prior to this, you would have put the foam canister in the freezer, long enough to freeze the contents and then cut the top off it just before inserting it into the camera box.

Please post the pictures here when you've done it.


surely it would be more fun to lob grenades at it?

sheepy xxx
01/09/2003 at 19:28
Can't see how the foam will stop the unit working... doesn't have any moving parts AFAIK. Care to explain, Schtum?
01/09/2003 at 19:29
sheepy wrote

doubt it would penetrate would it? unless it was over 12ft lbs and you have a FAC for it..... i dont rekon my old air rifle would have jobbed mr camera.....

and more ideas needed ppl! all the old farts around here are asking the police to put up more cameras!


ya aint seen me air rifle

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01/09/2003 at 19:34
What you need to do is break into Knight Industries and steal Kitt - Re-program him so that his one and only task is to seek and destroy all known forms of Gatso cameras. He will keep going and going until all the cameras are gone 'cause as everybody knows, he is indestructible!

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01/09/2003 at 19:52
Police can catch as many 'proper criminals' as they like, the real problem is the courts keep letting them off.

But, staying on topic, If we are succesful in disabling every speed camera in the country, those same coppers will then be having to enforce speed limits instead of catching proper criminals. Leaving the proper criminals with more opportunities to rob our granny, steal our bike and burgle our house. Tough choice
01/09/2003 at 19:53
Go out at night and shove a lens cap on it, well it will protect the lens from bad weather.......

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01/09/2003 at 20:01
Someone round here walloped the one on the sydenham bypass with a large ball-pein hammer, the other local one got a can of "no more big gaps" sprayed round it.
01/09/2003 at 20:04
mr tack wrote

what a piece of piss.
They have to be loaded right.
so in order to load them they have to unlock the pole which is on a hinge(the locks are very good quality)
These handily are at chest height (unless your cat or theo 0
so super glued matchstick will feck the lock

dead easy and unobtrusive (no noise or any tools needed)

the cost of caling a locksmith and getting new locks will soon make them economically unviable.

no big drama needed




Thats a good un but I still prefer the way I keep telling people.....

Fill the box full of squirty builders foam.

Takes more than a bleedin locksmith to get that crap out of the camera box

Somebody posted on here that they used medium format Hassleblad cameras in gatsos, even though they have been used in some weird places I reckon being set in Feb foam will knacker em completley
01/09/2003 at 20:34
Just set fire to them, thats what they do in Ashton-Under-Lyne! LOL

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01/09/2003 at 20:47
Set fire to them?

Ah, but what about the ones under trees, outside petrol stations, etc?
Also, I reckon torching them habitually will get you nicked sooner or later, draws way too much attention to yourself ....

Paint on lens etc - too cheap and easy to clean off. We need to damage it beyond economical repair. I'm told they cost £20K each, which means that, assuming the local force keeps around 60% of the revenue, it's only got to catch about 550 speeders and issue £60 tickets to pay for itself. If the ratio of speeders caught to cameras destroyed falls below 550/1 the economic viability of cameras as revenue generators is called into question.
Obviously a case can be made for some camera positions at genuine accident blackspots where excessive speed is known to be one of the primary causes, and i can accept them outside schools, but they should be on a timer and only active at times when kids are likely to be there, not at 2 in the morning.

Now, what about SPECS? Usually mounted on gantries over motorways, so initially I thought they'd be pretty difficult to target, but on closer inspection the gantries have nice wide walkways and hand rails on them, and they even thoughtfully provide ladders at each end. And before someone points out they can't do bikes (yet) some of us also have to use cars for work, I do 60,000 miles a year in one and I'm bound to be caught by one sooner or later.

If having cameras is releasing all those coppers to catch criminals, who's manning the camera vans? And I still see no end of police cars parked on bridges and in laybyes with a laser aimed down the road ...




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01/09/2003 at 20:57
Nuke them from orbit.

Its the only way to make sure.
01/09/2003 at 21:23
Putting a smear of vaseline on the lense is the stealth way to do it. It isnt noticable but all the pictures are blurry and unreadable. Done at the right time=fucked up roll of film.
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