The sheriff’s office also is looking for donations of paint, brushes or gloves to aid the effort.
Scrawls of graffiti are popping up everywhere throughout northern Nevada: parks, overpasses, street signs, even the most pristine of landmarks.
“Only a community working together can make a difference,” Washoe County Undersheriff Todd Vinger said in a press release. “If you accept it, you promote it. All it takes is one person, one group, one unified effort to break the cycle and turn the tide.”
In addition to being unsightly, graffiti creates a negative perception of neighborhood safety and reduces property value. The considerable financial cost involved in removing graffiti is an increasing burden to citizens and municipalities.
Vinger invited a number of local and state agencies to a strategic planning session in July to assess resources and collaborate on an action plan to address the growing graffiti problem.
The resulting plan emphasizes the importance of enforcement, taking advantage of new and tougher state legislation targeting graffiti vandals and holding their parents and guardians accountable when applicable. Also cited was the need to engage residents, neighborhoods, businesses and schools to help in efforts to wipe out graffiti.
Residents also are encouraged to visit the WCSO website at www.washoesheriff.com and click on “graffiti” for more comprehensive information on graffiti in Washoe County and instructions on how to report graffiti.
To report graffiti, call 328-3361, Reno Direct at 334-2099 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
To establish a community group or learn how you can assist with anti-graffiti efforts, contact the sheriff’s anti-graffiti coordinator Deputy Robert Cook at 325-6466
Weather permitting, the cleanup will begin at the Sun Valley Community Center, located at 115 W. Sixth Avenue.