Evansville city leaders have a new plan to combat an age old problem: graffiti. Evansville Police and Keep Evansville Beautiful announce their partnership today that includes stakeholders from the County Prosecutor and Judges. They also unveiled a new type of cleaning solution to get rid of graffiti no matter how old it is.
Officials say graffiti negatively impacts home values and also encourages more crime. With the tagging of the West Sector building last week, officers say now is the time to tackle the problem.
"Last week's activity highlighted at the need for a community-wide response," said EPD Sergeant Jason Cullum. "The police department building was the target for vandalism, but in the same evening so was a business and a residence. So there's nobody that is immune to it. It can happen to anybody. So, that's why we need to work as a group to respond to it and try to prevent it from getting worse."
Officials encourage you to report graffiti through the city's smartphone app, new website, or the police department's website. By doing so, the police department can catalog the graffiti in order to build a case.