DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dayton police are ready to say goodbye to graffiti on the a problematic wall on Nassau Street.
The newly created East Dayton Graffiti Task Force is trying to curb graffiti in the city by painting new works of art.
"It's like a broken windows theory," said Sgt. Monica Evans of the Dayton Police Department. "Once you have damage in one area, people think it's gonna be a bad area so they start committing crimes."
The hope is to start beautifying areas by collaborating with business owners and local artists.
2 News first reported the new task force that is raising awareness in the city.
Evans says it has already seen progress.
"They found one with a paint can actually in his front pocket," said Evans. "They both had bookbags. They had in their bookbags spray paint, sharpies, paint gloves, all the necessary tools for taggers."
Police already caught two men, Benjamin Perl and Shawn Spahr, accused of spray painting telephone poles along Stanley Avenue.
"They admitted to the tagging and they also admitted to another business we weren't aware of," said Evans.
It is artists like these police are hoping they can get to help paint new murals over walls that are targets for taggers.
Anyone interested in helping paint or design a mural is being asked to call 937-333-7440.
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Traffic is being blocked at an intersection west of Xenia due to what is described as a large gas leak.
2 NEWS Crash Report - Where the accidents are around the region.
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