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NMA Reporter 2009-02-14 14:07

Belgian, British, Polish Speed Cameras Swiped
<b>Article: Belgian, British, Polish Speed Cameras Swiped</b>

<A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/26/2681.asp" TITLE="Read More: Polish speed camera"><IMG SRC="http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/pix/plmobilecam.jpg" ALT= "Polish speed camera" HEIGHT="141" WIDTH="190" ALIGN="RIGHT" BORDER="1"></A>Speed cameras around the world have gone missing. In Antwerp, Belgium on January 25, a vigilante loosened the four bolts that held a speed camera pole in place, ripped the entire assembly out of the ground, drove it fifteen miles away and tossed the smashed remains of the camera into a canal. Officials in the municipality of Oud-Turnhout declared the automated ticketing machine, which cost 65,000 euros (US $84,000), a total loss. According to <a href="http://www.gazetvanturnhout.be/wp/2009/02/01/stadsregio-in-de-pers-flitspaalterrorisme-in-onze-regio/">Gazet van Turnhout</a>, this was the first time a vigilante had succeeded in taking a complete speed camera assembly along with its pole.<br><br>A British vigilante was slightly less successful after standing on top of a trash can to pry off the back of a speed camera housing. The vigilante was unable to completely pull out the inner workings of the device in the Lincolnshire town of Boston. Police believe about &pound;10,000 (US $15,000) in damage was done to the automated ticketing machine on the A52 in Leverton, the <a href="http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/Speed-camera-attacked.4940733.jp">Boston Standard</a> reported.<br><br>In Poland, tripod-mounted mobile speed cameras have become a target. An unknown vigilante grabbed a photo radar device while police were not looking in the town of Sieradz last week. The automated ticketing machine was valued at 150,000 Zlotych (US $42,000), but because it was insured, police have already secured a replacement. Over the past year, the town has seen two photo radar devices destroyed on the Lodzkie 8 road and a number of others have been covered in paint, according to <a href="http://lodz.naszemiasto.pl/wydarzenia/956838.html">Polska Dziennik Lodzki</a>. <A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/26/2681.asp#source" TITLE="Read Source: ">Source</A>

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