Gang Graffiti

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

Some residents in Waynesboro are worried because their seeing an increase in gang activity right in their back yard, in the form of graffiti.

Waynesboro Police are saying the shooting and the graffiti are connected.

Incidents that led to the shootings started the same time as the taggings.

Police say they're trying to stop the spray paintings as more and more crop up.

Over the last week Justin Roadcamp has seen this wall at Mr. Auto on New Hope Road fill up.

Justin has to clean up the mess, but these taggings at his workplace makes him nervous.

"I'm uncomfortable about it, I work here, you just wouldn't think it would happen in such a small city. You hear about this happening in larger cities. Its not comfortable to have it around here," says Roadcamp.

Captain Mike Martin with the Waynesboro Police says graffiti can indicate gang problems, and it's also an advertisment for them.

To counter that, police try to clean up the graffiti as soon as possible, arrest those involved and have resource officers in the schools to prevent children from becoming future gang members.

"The key threat from a gang is that they pray on that parental void or life void and fill that void so we try fo fill that void and show a good example, be good mentors," says Martin.

Captain Martin says cleaning up the graffiti itself could take some time.

"There's so much of it that it takes a while, takes our resources to remove it and in some cases its just not worth the effort, there are other things that are more important," says Captain Martin.

In this case, police say the most important step to stopping the graffiti is to complete the investigation and find the suspects.

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