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Contest Calls For Vandals To Target Security Cameras

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Murfreesboro police are investigating the mysterious vandalism of the security cameras at a city water tower and believe it could be connected to a bizarre online contest.

"In this case we think the security system itself was targeted," said Kyle Evans with Murfreesboro Police Department.

Investigators said it's odd the vandals simply damaged the cameras, but didn't steal or vandalize anything else.

They believe the actions could be linked to something known as the "Security Cam Hunting Contest" which has been advertised online.

Participants are urged to locate and destroy public and private surveillance cameras as some type of protest, and then they post video of the vandalism online.

"There's actually a contest that involves Tennessee where people go out to destroy security cameras on government installations and private businesses," said Evans.

The value of security cameras was never more evident than in the recent aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings.  Video help lead police to the suspects.  So any effort to target and destroy security cameras is taken very seriously.

"If someone out there is playing this game ... they need to realize it's not a game.  It's very serious," said Evans. 

In light of recent warnings about such incidents overseas and here in this country, police are stepping up security and vow to prosecute anyone caught damaging security cameras to the full extent of the law.

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