SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – You see it on bridges, buildings and on mountain sides. Graffiti, street art, or gangs tagging their turf, whatever the intended purpose, some feel it damages a beautiful space.
“It just reflects poorly on us…a waste of energy,” said Dave Mellis of Springfield. “People went thru the trouble to establish something nice for everybody to enjoy and somebody comes along and does something stupid. That’s all it is, stupid stuff.”
It’s called tagging, and it’s considered vandalism. You can see this unauthorized art in River Front Park in Springfield. Now, even though there’s a sweet love message, if a police officer catches you defacing public property, you could be arrested and fined. You could face a fine of up to $300, and be sentenced to 30 hours of community service.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News gang graffiti was a serious issue in Springfield about 10 years ago, but no more because the City now has created the position of a graffiti eradicator. He said as soon as the street art goes up, its down within a couple of days now, and you could be forced to clean up graffiti as part of your community service.
If graffiti is an issue in your neighborhood, send us your pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in Springfield, call 3-1-1 to report it.