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Group Fights Vandalism

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LANE COUNTY, Ore. — A group on Craigslist is taking a stand against graffiti in Lane County.

We show you how the group wants to get the community involved in its mission.

Those fighting the graffiti say it’s spreading fast and needs to stop.

There is an argument though that it has a place in our community a legal option for people to put their art.

“It’s a show of expression and a bright way of showing how people in Springfield view things sometimes,” said Danzig Thompson, Springfield resident.

Some say graffiti artists deserve to have a place they can call their own – free from legal consequences.

But they make a clear distinction: gang tagging is different

“I think there’s two different types of graffiti: there’s graffiti like the little scribbles – gang affiliations and weird quick little things that they do really quick to put their name on the walls and damage them pretty much. Versus a mural of graffiti,” said Thompson.

A group on Craigslist is fighting graffiti vandalism and is calling citizens to report anything they see.

There wasn’t anyone available from the group for comment.

But the website they cite is part of a county-wide effort to clean up the streets.

“That allows us to not only have an on-going data on what type of grafitti we’re seeing and where but it allows us especially if it’s in a public place get on it and remove it,” said Niel Laudati, Springfield Community Relations Manager.

The reporting process is simple: first go to either Springfield or Eugene’s web site.

“We have an ‘I want to’ button and when you click on ‘I want to’ you can report graffiti,” said Laudati.

From there the site takes you to a page where you list the location.

If you know the person behind the vandalism- you can list their name, and a photo of the tag too.

Patrick Davenport worked as a custodian for the city of Eugene, and spent years cleaning up graffiti.

He says the Craigslist group has the right idea – but it’s difficult to enforce.

“Funding for law enforcement is very small. So you can’t enforce it because you can’t do anything,” said Davenport.

City managers we spoke with say the clean-up process varies it depends on if it’s a public or private building.

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