Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

07-21-09 Graffiti Mars Neighborhood, Small Businesses

07-21-09 Graffiti Mars Neighborhood, Small Businesses
  Boise, July 21, 2009 -  Boise Police are asking the public's help in identifying the person responsible for thousands of dollars in graffiti vandalism done overnight to several local businesses, an apartment complex and a mobile home park.
 
   Boise Police have responded to several calls, and documented a large amount of graffiti done, apparently early this morning in the area of N. Liberty St., Bethel, and N. Hartman, north of Franklin. Damage includes grey, black and white spray paint on a van, fence, and building belonging to a small business, also to walls and fences of two storage unit businesses, and to signs and mailboxes posted around an apartment complex and a mobile home village.
 
   Officers estimate the businesses and neighborhoods hit have suffered thousands of dollars in damage.
 
   Officers believe the vandalism likely occurred between 3:00 and 5:30 a.m. this morning. A witness saw a man in the area about 5:20 a.m. this morning wearing dark clothing. The witness says the man ran when he realized the witness had seen him.
 
    Anyone with any information on the crimes or a possible suspect is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
 
   More on Graffiti:
  Tracking Graffiti Cases: Officers investigating cases of graffiti say a new reporting system put in place last fall is helping them more quickly identify connected cases and potential suspects.

    "Graffiti is a crime that people see and immediately feel it degrades their neighborhood," said Officer Tony Davidson of the Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Unit. 

    "Graffiti vandals often target private property, in many cases small local businesses who can hardy afford the costs of cleaning it up. Taxpayers foot the bill to clean up damaged public property. Citizens are cooperating with this new reporting system, that's really making a difference in helping us track, connect, and hopefully make more arrests in more graffiti cases." said Officer Davidson.

    Reporting, Removing Graffiti: Boise Police want to remind citizens when they see graffiti to report it immediately to non-emergency dispatch, 377-6790. And a reminder to property owners, it's important to clean up and remove graffiti as quickly as possible after it's been documented by police. Allowing graffiti to linger in an area has been shown to only perpetuate the crime.

   For more on the Boise Police Graffiti reporting system, log onto www.boisepolice.org and go to the news release issued Oct. 1, 2008 titled "New Graffiti Reporting should mean Quicker Clean Up".