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April 2010

SOUTHERN NEVADA GRAFFITI COALITION MCMXCV

Southern Nevada United in the Fight Against Graffiti Vandalism APRIL is NEVADA GRAFFITI AWARENESS MONTH April is again Graffiti Awareness Month in the state of Nevada. The Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition initiated Graffiti Awareness Month in 2008 as part of a comprehensive plan to fight graffiti vandalism in our community. It is a great time to get involved in graffiti removal and prevention in your neighborhood. It is also a time to highlight your anti-graffiti efforts and let them serve as a inspiration for others to join the fight. Nevada Graffiti Awareness Month is often a time when our local media is encouraged to run stories concerning graffiti vandalism as one of the paramount property crimes which citizens are reporting.


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The Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition Salutes the Residents of

HOMEWOOD VILLAGE Homewood Village is a neighborhood located in Clark County. Like many neighborhoods in southern Nevada graffiti became a problem. The residents of Homewood Village were faced with a decision: protect their neighborhood and preserve the value of their homes, or allow the graffiti to proliferate and watch their neighborhood decline into decay. Homewood Village decided to fight. Residents contacted Clark County Public Response and became part of the Neighborhood Pride Zone program. This enabled them to receive graffiti removal paint, rollers and other graffiti removal supplies free of charge. They also contacted graffiti investigations detectives and arranged to provide investigators with photos of graffiti that appears in the neighborhood on an ongoing basis. As a result graffiti vandalism in Homewood Village is removed immediately and the police have an ongoing record of the graffiti that appears. The residents of Homewood Village have set an example of how a neighborhood can unite to stop graffiti vandalism and resist the crime it attracts. The SNGC thanks the residents of Homewood Village for their efforts.

To Report Graffiti in Progress: Call 911. Do not approach the vandal. Be a good witness for responding officers. To Have a Police Report Made: Go to your closest police station. Your report will be assigned to a detective for follow-up investigation. To Have Graffiti Removed from Public Property: Call the Southern Nevada Graffiti Hotline at 455-4509. To Report a Known Vandal: Call your local police department. To remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.


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FIGHTING GRAFFITI IN AMERICA A Look at How Other Communities are Fighting Graffiti Vandalism

This Month: SAN ANTONIO TEXAS’ “PLUG” Program The city of San Antonio Texas has continued the fight against graffiti vandalism. As part of the commitment to reduce graffiti vandalism the city provided a number of motion sensor activated flood lights to local businesses. The PLUG (Place Light Upon Graffiti) Program concept is that by lighting dark areas where graffiti frequently occurs it will reduce the incidents of graffiti vandalism in that area. Good lighting is an effective means of reducing graffiti and other types of crime. Graffiti vandals will use darkness to conceal their activities and increased lighting will often deter their activities.


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GRAFFITI VANDALISM FACT Many local businesses are adversely effected by graffiti vandalism. In southern Nevada several businesses have closed their doors after their insurance was canceled for repeated claims resulting from graffiti vandalism. In recent years several new commercial graffiti removal companies have opened in the Las Vegas Valley and are available to be contracted for graffiti removal to local businesses. These graffiti removal businesses can remove graffit i quickly an d effectively. Some can also repair glass which has been etched by vandals. If you operate a local business which is continually being vandalized police can assist in investigating and arresting the vandal, but repairs remain with the victim unfortunately. A good remedy to this is consider graffiti maintenance part of general maintenance and upkeep and contract with a local graffiti removal company.

SOUTHERN NEVADA GRAFFITI COALITION Det. Scott Black (LVMPD), Director

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