Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Grafitti Vandals on the Move

In July, Jen Alexander reported in the Middletown Eye that graffiti has been an ongoing problem in downtown Middletown.  This past weekend the paint spray vandals were roaming in the south end of town.  Marking their territory, these hoodlums sprayed five pointed stars, making it easy to recognize their graffiti.  I got a call on Sunday morning that the back of the Wesleyan Potters building had been sprayed.  On my drive over there, I spotted stars sprayed on new garage doors of a private home on Birdsey Avenue and I noticed that the Wilcox Apartment Building on Pamecha Avenue had also been hit.  When I got home, my husband pointed out that our sidewalk had been sprayed with a star as well during the night.  After talking to several people we have deduced that this graffiti work (clearly ugly, not art) happened after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.  

I also have to comment that the city promptly cleaned off the graffiti  painted on the McCarthy Park sign in the last month --- and the many layers of graffiti that were making the stop sign in front of my house unreadable, finally got cleaned off in the last couple of days.  Again, as Jen said last month, if you see suspicious activity or spot new graffiti, call the cops.  


Ed McKeon said...

Five pointed star is a good sign it's gang graffiti. Though the police department has denied there's gang activity in town, the increase in graffiti is a sign that shouldn't be ignored.

Madam Nirvana said...

When I was in high school 6 years ago, there was gang activity in Middletown, if was just common knowledge- go to the source, ask your or any teenager about it, as times change, the more they stay the same.

Madam Nirvana said...

Has any graffiti happened where there might be security cameras? - maybe offering a monetary award might help. What if there were announcements made at the schools to come forward anonymously with any information regarding the five pointed doodlers.