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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 22, 2015)-- City crews worked vigorously to scrub vandalism off of an Indy home, removing the graffiti and all of the other issues that come with it.

"A lot of people think that graffiti is just a minor issue and while it may be on the surface, it really does breed crime. A lot of times it is used as communication between people that are eliciting crime," said Executive Director of Indy Public Safety Dane Nutty.

In the past four months, Indianapolis graffiti abatement crews have been racking up at least 40 hours a week to clean up the properties that are plagued with vandalism around the city.

"They use a special chemical that is put on the home without damaging the paint. It helps peel back some of the graffiti," said Nutty.

Hundreds of properties have been cleaned up so far and the crews are not done yet.

"To see the graffiti abatement teams out there working, it shows we recognize there is an issue and we are going to take care of it," said Department of Public Safety Chief of Staff Tim Bauchman.

Once the vandalism is washed away, the property is usually not damaged again. The crews try to remove the graffiti as soon as possible. If the graffiti has gang-related symbols or messages they are a top priority.

"Graffiti is a problem that plagues our entire city. It is everywhere. Of course we see it in the hot spot areas and that is where we tend to focus a lot of our efforts," said Nutty.

For more information on how you can get graffiti abatement supplies through the city, click here.