Timothy Kephart of Graffiti Tracker speaks at Gov 2.0 Expo
Timothy's talk, Graffiti Tracker: Utilizing Data to Fight Crime, gives an excellent overview of the problem and opportunity his company addresses.
Here's more on Graffiti Tracker from the Expo's schedule:
Graffiti Tracker contracts with cities to provide graffiti tracking and analysis services via a web-based system. Graffiti Tracker has analyzed more than 1.5 million graffiti images from across the county, and gathered a substantial amount of graffiti intelligence in the process. The images are categorized in one of five ways in order to make it easier for police to identify and catch vandals:
- Role Call – Identifies members of a gang or tagging crew by their moniker (tagging name)
- Threatening – Allows law enforcement to see which gangs/crews are at odds and helps to predict future violence
- Sympathy – Alerts law enforcement when a member of a gang/crew is killed
- Territorial – Shows where gangs/crews have aggressively marked their territory
- Publicity – Announces the presence of a gang/crew
Also notable for Graffiti Tracker was the launch of their redesigned website last week (props to the DownsDesign team):
If you'd like to learn more about Timothy and his business, check out my interview with him last October: SPN interviews Timothy Kephart of Graffiti Tracker.