Marks, PHIA Respond to Rash of Graffiti
Patch received statements from County Councilman David Marks and the Perry Hall Improvement Association.
Graffiti is a growing problem in Perry Hall. Regarding this issue, Patch received the following statements from community leaders.
District 5 County Councilman David Marks:
There has been a rash of graffiti throughout Perry Hall over the past month, primarily at our shopping centers. It is definitely a blight on the community, and personally infuriating to me.
Our office has been in touch with Captain Balog at the White Marsh precinct regarding the situation, and I'm glad that the police precinct's Crimes and Investigative Services Unit is exploring many leads to apprehend those responsible. The [police] contact we were given was Marcie Schwartz at 410-887-5035, if people know of any further information.
Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., Perry Hall Improvement Association president:
Graffiti is primarily an aesthetic problem because it has the potential to create the perception that a community is deteriorating, but we know that is not the case in Perry Hall. In fact, if you look around Baltimore County or any other jurisdiction, you would be hard pressed to find an area where people care more about their community. Graffiti is also a financial problem because it costs property owners and government agencies money to clean it up.
Another common misconception is that graffiti is a sign of gang activity in an area. In the case of Perry Hall, the problem is not gangs. The problem is young people with too much time on their hands who do not know how to use their time productively.
The PHIA works closely with Captain Balog to report “tagging” and other graffiti. I encourage residents who see graffiti on private property to report it to the police by calling the non-emergency number, 410-887-2222. If residents see graffiti on a street sign or other public property, they can e-mail the PHIA at email@example.com, and I will pass the information along to the police.
Channeling information about graffiti on public property through the PHIA minimizes the chance that the police will receive multiple calls about the same location. The police have resources available to them to identify the graffiti “artists,” and I suspect we will see a reduction in graffiti in the near future.
More information on graffiti in Perry Hall can be found in these Patch articles: