New program launches Saturday to clean up graffiti

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) РA new pilot program to get rid of graffiti in Indianapolis debuts Saturday.

The Department of Public Safety Graffiti Abatement Unit will begin to remove graffiti at the Garfield Park Place Apartments on Saturday. It’s an effort that will continue over the next month throughout the city.

Neighbors said many of the apartments are empty and the graffiti problem has only gotten worse in the last three months.

DPS has assigned a detective to the Graffiti Task Force in an effort to being to document the cases and prosecute those responsible.

“We do know that it’s increasing just by the amount of complaints we’re getting, by driving around some of the areas and seeing new graffiti. We need to make sure we are being very proactive and we don’t just one day realize we have a tremendous graffiti problem in this community,” explained Troy Riggs, Department of Public Safety Director.

If you’re home or neighborhood has been targeted you can call the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327-4622¬†or email the Department of Public Safety at

You can also report a problem by downloading the RequestIndy app, click here for more information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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