Graffiti Clean-up

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

It's the responsibility of schools to clean up any vandalism that happens on the property, but what about the rest of the buildings in Harrisonburg?

While it may seem like some taggings remain on buildings for weeks, it is up to the property owners to handle graffiti, because without their permission, police cannot clean up any of the markings.

Graffiti can be an eyesore to a community, so cities like Harrisonburg work to get rid of it.

"Regardless of whether the vandalism occurs within the city or in the county, if that property owner contacts our office, then we send out our graffiti clean-up crew to remove the graffiti and once we get that referral, we attempt to do that as quick as possible," says Sgt. Felicia Glick of the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.

City parks need to do the same thing. Ralph Sampson Park was vandalized weeks ago, but the taggings are still there.

"Once they are notified by a complaint or by a resident, they would need to contact the city park authorities and then they could make that call to our agency and request the service of our clean up crew," says Glick.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is equipped with a graffiti van that has a pressure washer, paint, and other cleaning supplies to get rid of taggings. But the free clean-up isn't offered until property owners request the service.

"We don't have a back up in requests for the service. It just has to be initiated by that property owner and we encourage property owners to report and get it cleaned up as soon as possible to discourage any further tagging," says Glick.

As far as the gang graffiti at Ralph Sampson Park, the parks director says he contacted the sheriff's office when it first happened. Even if vandalism happens in Harrisonburg, property owners must contact the sheriff's office because they use the inmates and have the graffiti van to clean up taggings.


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