Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 2, 2013

BPD seeks community help to cover up graffiti

Bart Doan

BROWNSBURG — Citing a desire to clean up parts of town peppered with graffiti — especially in high-visibility areas — the police department here is hoping the community will come out this Saturday to help officers clean up areas that have been hit, in an effort to beautify the town and send a message that the community will not let the graffiti stand.

“We’ve had really over the last two to three months, a lot of graffiti showing up around town, especially in high visibility areas and citizens are noticing,” said Officer Grant Anderson of the Brownsburg Police Department who is helping to organize the clean up efforts.

Anyone interested in helping is asked to meet at noon at town hall on the south side of the building. Anderson said paint and materials have been provided by local businesses, but those that have extra roller frames and extension poles are encouraged to bring them.

While graffiti vandalism has occasionally been a problem in the past, Anderson said this time the spray painting is much more visible than in the past.

“For some reason now, we’ve seen an increase,” he said. “We’re going to be painting, and what we’re trying to do is get it covered up so in the future when graffiti comes up, we can get it covered at that time quickly so it’s not visible for a longer time. It’s just kind of a fresh start, plus it will help the police department track if there is new graffiti that shows up.”

Anderson said there are more than 30 locations that they are trying to get covered Saturday afternoon.

“Most of the projects should be completed in two hours at the most,” he said. “We do have a few larger projects, but if people are available to help, we’ll make use of their time.”

The graffiti ranges in size from one square foot to 5x8 feet. For those who cannot be at town hall at noon but would still like to help, he said the primary area the group will be is along the railroad tracks that run just north of U.S. 136.

Anderson said the department has been working leads in the case and believe there are multiple subjects that are responsible..

“Some of it is artistic and some of it is just letters written up with no rhyme or reason — just destroying someone’s property,” he said. “I think people have seen a lot of it in town.”

The BPD announced earlier this month on its Brownsburg Crime Tips Facebook page that they are offering a $250 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects. They estimate the dollar amount of destruction at $10,000.

Examples of some of the graffiti can also be seen on the department’s Crime Tips Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Cpl. Jeff Klayer by calling 852-1109 ext. 2122 or by e-mailing to jklayer@brownsburgpolice.org.

Those who have questions about helping may e-mail Anderson at ganderson@brownsburgpolice.org.