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Georgetown Police Looking to Crack Down on Graffiti Downtown

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302 is a common tag in Georgetown, where police are looking to crack down on graffiti. (Photo: WBOC) 302 is a common tag in Georgetown, where police are looking to crack down on graffiti. (Photo: WBOC)
No surface is safe; Walls, dumpsters, and even this generator were tagged in downtown Georgetown (Photo: WBOC). No surface is safe; Walls, dumpsters, and even this generator were tagged in downtown Georgetown (Photo: WBOC).

GEORGETOWN, Del. - A quick drive through the northern end of downtown Georgetown will show that graffiti is a significant problem. In fact, Georgetown police said that there have been approximately 50 incidents over the last month downtown. 

"This is not art," said Chief R.L. Hughes. "This is nothing more than criminal mischief. This is a crime. It has to stop."

Hughes said that three minors were "apprehended" this week, and one of them was arrested, after being caught tagging a wall on Cooper Alley. Hughes said it was unclear whether the 15-year old was involved in the other incidents around town. 

On Monday, the police department posted this video on their Facebook Page, showing three suspects leaving the Georgetown Little League Park. Hughes said that these suspects caused $1,400 in damage, through their graffiti. 

"Stop doing this," he said in a message to those responsible. "There are other avenues to express yourself that are much more purposeful and meaningful to do."

Meanwhile back at Cooper Alley, staff at the John L. Briggs Company said they were frustrated by the recent graffiti. Keith Long said removing the graffiti would be an added cost to the company. 

"I'd like it to stop," he said. "Cause it costs money for my guys to come and repaint over this. It happens a couple times every year, and it just doesn't need to happen."

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