Project Mousetrap Helps Snap Up Vandals Tagging Sydney Trains

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 13, 2015
References: transport.nsw.gov.au & gizmag
Sydney Trains, the organization that operates the train system in the Australian city, has launched Project Mousetrap -- an effort to tackling vandalism, graffiti and tagging on trains. The technology is designed to detect spray paint vapor and alert staff to offenders.

The Mousetrap technology uses electronic chemical sensors that detect spray paint and marker pen vapors and nab vandals at the scene of the crime. Once vandals are detected, photographs captured by live CCTV cameras on location are forwarded to Sydney Trains staff and Police Transport Command.

Project Mousetrap is still in a trial stage but has produced very promising results, with more than 30 arrests already being made. Given that graffiti removal on the Sydney Trains circuit cost $27 million (US) last year, the snapping up of vandals and taggers is sure