Speed camera near Loch Raven High is again vandalized

The speed camera near Loch Raven High School on Cromwell Bridge Road has been vandalized for the second time in a month, police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton said Friday.

Batton said the camera was vandalized between 5:30 and 7 a.m. Friday morning, and the school resource officer reported the damage upon arriving to school.

The camera was spray painted, Batton said, and the company who operates the camera has been notified and will simply replace the box. There is currently no suspect information.

The damage came at the end of the camera's warning phase. For the first 30 days after its Aug. 8 activation, the camera issued only warnings to violators who exceeded the speed limit by 12 mph between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

After the 30-day trial period, which ended Sept. 6, violators will be issued a $40 fine.

On Aug. 17, police said profane language was spray painted on the Cromwell Bridge camera, but the camera was cleaned and remained operational.

There has been a growing record of camera vandalization, with other county incidents reported in Catonsville and Arbutus, police said. In April, a camera on South Rolling Road in Catonsville was set on fire, and earlier this summer, speed cameras in those areas were spray painted as well.

Pat van den Beemt contributed to this story.

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