By Lindy Thackston
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 24, 2015) - It's hard to miss the graffiti covering homes and businesses in many areas of Indianapolis. A new mobile unit is rolling through the city, outfitted to clean it up.
The Graffiti Abatement Truck is loaded with chemical abatement products, paint materials and cleaning products.
The first of its kind Graffiti Abatement Program officially launched Wednesday in the area of 29th and Martin Luther King Jr, one of the city's six focus areas.
The Code Enforcement Department started issuing $50 citations in April to property owners for graffiti. The burden falls on the property owner, but the emphasis is on cleaning up the graffiti instead of paying the fine.
This abatement program helps with that. It helps homeowners who may not be able to physically or financially clean it up themselves.
The Graffiti Abatement Truck is staffed with trained individuals from the Recycle Force Program which mentors and trains people in jail looking to gain stability by improving their workforce skills.
"By staffing the unit with re-entrants under strict supervision and mentorship, we can improve not only quality of life in a neighborhood by abating graffiti, but also improve a re-entrant's life by providing them a job skill, life lessons and mentoring," said Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs.
The Graffiti Abatement Program is a collaboration of the Indy Public Safety Foundation, the Department of Public Safety and the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR). Other partners include IMPD, IFD, the Department of Public Works, Cardwell Do-It Best, Recycle Force and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
You can report graffiti by calling the Mayor's Action Line at 371-327-4MAC.