A parade-like procession made its way down the alley between Lincoln and Broadway Sept. 19 as volunteers searched out and painted over graffiti. The …
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A parade-like procession made its way down the alley between
Lincoln and Broadway Sept. 19 as volunteers searched out and
painted over graffiti.
The once-a-month graffiti paint out is organized by and led by
Toni Geier, Englewood Police community relations coordinator, to
locate and paint over graffiti on public property.
Nine volunteers turned out for the Sept. 19 session which is the
last paint-out until April.
This was the second time Janet Simpson has volunteered for the
“I came because I just felt it was a good way to give back to
the community,” the Englewood resident said. “It’s the way to get
this stuff painted over because the city just doesn’t have the
people or the time to get to it. Hopefully, if we keep painting
over the graffiti, those who do it will get the message.”
Her friend Ann Guessford agreed.
“My friend Janet told me she was coming and invited me to join
her so I did because I want to get more involved in my community,”
the first-time volunteer said. “It is actually sort of fun and I am
meeting new people plus it is a way for me to help clean up my
Lori Peltz accompanied her children Logan and Ronnie on the
She said she wanted her children to do something good for the
community. She added that most kids love to play with spray paint
so her kids should have fun.
Ronnie Peltz said painting over graffiti was OK but she wished
the program started later so she could sleep in a little
“But I am glad I came,” she said. “I think what we are doing
helps make the community look better and makes Englewood a good
place to live.”
This is the second year Geier has organized the graffiti
paint-out program. She said she has seen a huge drop in the amount
of graffiti the volunteers paint over.
She said, the first paint out last year focused on the alley
between Lincoln and Broadway and it took the volunteers four hours
and 27 cans of spray paint to eradicate the graffiti.
“Today, as we drive the same alley, we find a little graffiti
here and there,” Geier said. “If the alley between Acoma and
Broadway is like this we’ll finish up pretty quickly.”
She noted the paint outs have helped plus the city took steps to
try to catch those who create the graffiti by purchasing and
installing graffiti cameras.
Englewood has three cameras that are set up to video tape those
so-called taggers. The camera is activated by motion and floods the
area with light. The cameras are mobile so can be moved from
location to location. The reason for the camera is to have visual
evidence so a tagger can be caught and prosecuted.
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