City reports decrease in graffiti

Graffiti, vandalism

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WICHITA, Kansas – The city has reported a decrease in the number of times crews have had to clean up graffiti this year compared to 2012.

Efforts by city crews are making a difference, as the total number of graffiti cases has dropped four percent, according to the city’s public works department.

“I think sometimes tagging is done for the high visibility that it has, and sometimes it’s done because it’s an easy place not to get caught,” said Joe Pajor, deputy director Wichita Public Works and Utilities. “We end up finding graffiti in both types of locations.”

KSN followed a cleanup crew Friday as workers painted over the eyesores. They said despite their best efforts, some spots are tagged often.

“We painted this this summer with a group of kids, and the very next day after we painted it, it was tagged again,” one of the workers said.

The city commits between $50,000 and $150,000 annually to graffiti abatement, handling incidents on public buildings and parks. But the city will also handle vandalism on private property if the owner signs a release form.

“We do have some people that take advantage of it. Some, though, want to be in complete control of the cleanup process, but if you’re in a position where that isn’t feasible economically, you’ve got the option to come to us,” Pajor said.

The city relies on public tips to clean up vandalized places. Report graffiti here, or call 316-268-4413.

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