In yesterday’s Northfield News: Police investigate Riverwalk graffiti.
Police are working to determine whether graffiti spray-painted on the downtown Riverwalk is gang-related. Capt. Roger Schroeder said the vandalism was discovered about 2 a.m. Monday morning by a patrol officer doing a routine check of area businesses. The spray-painted symbols were reportedly found on several buildings in the 300 block of Division Street.
I took photos this morning of the graffiti. It’s really bad. The backs of the buildings from 4th to 3rd on the west side of Division were the hardest hit, with some on the west side of the river, too.
I was asked a few years ago by then Police Chief Smith to not blog photos of graffiti, as there’s some evidence that this encourages the crime.
So I’ve put up a slideshow of the 15 photos in a password-protected blog post (below). Contact me if you’d like the password (assuming I know who you are and trust you to not pass it on or publicize it). Photo album now viewable here.
I know the City has a policy for removing graffiti ASAP from public places/infrastructure. (I notice at least 3 places in this current outbreak where it is on public property.) But is there anything that requires owners of private/commercial property to remove it? Does it matter that this occurred in the downtown’s historic district? Are there public funds available to reimburse property owners for the expense of graffiti removal?