Police and community unite to limit and clean gang graffiti

Police in Charlotte are asking people who see graffiti in their neighborhoods to report it, so officers can monitor gang activity.

Charlotte, N.C. - Police are tracking gang graffiti in several Charlotte neighborhoods. Experts say there has been a surge in summer months, but now there is a way for community members to report it through a service called Code Enforcement.

Police are able to take the graffiti reports, track and map where specific gangs operate. When you see the graffiti truck coming, it's there to clean up the streets.

There are different crews in each quadrant of the city limits. Reports of graffiti can also be made by calling 311.

"You can tell the difference between kids doing it or someone trying to make a statement. There are certain things we can refer to CMPD when it comes to gang-related tags," said expert Nick Lichtenfeld.

Code enforcement's goal is to send their own message — an anti-graffiti message to the community and remind the public that graffiti is a crime.

"It's a form of vandalism," said Lichtenfeld.

Each division sees about a dozen or so reports each week. They've cleaned up about five thousand images since the program launched.

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