April 2010 

Las Vegas Students To Sign Pledge Against Crime Of Graffiti

Students in schools across Las Vegas will join signing ceremonies to pledge not to commit the crime of graffiti.  DARE officers will join the ceremonies to educate the students on the downside of the gateway crime.

The signing ceremonies are being used as awareness tools for elementary school students to stem the tide, at an early age, of this growing crime. Last year, the Las Vegas City Council in partnership with the Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition declared April as graffiti awareness month. 

Signing ceremonies will be held at schools including:

  • April 14, at  2 p.m.  E.W. Griffith Elementary School, 324 Essex Drive
  • April 16, at 2 p.m. Claude and Sheila Parson Elementary School, 4100 Thom Blvd.
  • April 21, at 2 p.m. at Sheila Tarr  Elementary School, 9400 W. Gilmore Ave.
  • April 27, at 2 p.m. at Robert Lunt Elementary School ,  2701 Harris Ave.
  • April 28, at 2:15 p.m. at Clarence Piggott Elementary School, 9601 Red Hills Road
  • April 29, at 1:40 p.m. at Booker Elementary School, 2277 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Schools that have not yet planned signing ceremonies are encouraged to sign on to stop tagging in their neighborhoods.  Call 229-2330 to learn how.

Graffiti has been recognized as the most expensive property crime in the city of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.  Approximately $30 million is spent each year to clean up the vandalism in the Las Vegas valley. Each crime of graffiti decreases the value of a neighborhood, creates an atmosphere of violence and increases the likelihood of more criminal behavior.  An important message that will be conveyed to the student participants is that permission is the difference between graffiti and art; if you don’t have permission to paint an area, it’s a crime.

To report graffiti in the city, call the graffiti hotline at 229-6615. Callers may remain anonymous. Wiping out graffiti is just one of the many ways the city of Las Vegas works to strengthen communities. To learn about neighborhood organizing, workshops or other community programs call the Neighborhood Services Department at 229-2330 or visit the city's Web site.

 


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