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New Louisville organization focuses to stop age-old problem

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Illegal graffiti under train bridge in Phoenix Hill. Illegal graffiti under train bridge in Phoenix Hill.
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- On the side of buildings, garage doors, on train cars and under train cars, graffiti is just about everywhere you look in Louisville."I've gotten nothing but support from the city," Joshua White told WDRB.

White has been reporting graffiti to police since October, 2013 but in February, 2014, he decided to form the Graffiti Abatement Coalition of Louisville.

He thinks if the city can stop graffiti artists, it could reduce crime.

"I think that based on evidence and studies, at the lowest level, we could probably stop a great deal of criminals before they ever became bad seeds," White said.

He took WDRB to some areas in the city where taggers have scribbled, scratched and spray painted every inch of concrete they can find.

White wants the artists to be caught in the act and maybe do some community service but instead of being prosecuted, he thinks the taggers should legally show off their talents.

"We're going to see if we can get them to work with a professional artists putting up professional murals," he said.

White thinks graffiti has worsened in Louisville but LMPD's 5th Division Commander Mark Fox says taggers have been publicly displaying their work for years.

"It's kind of a continual problem anywhere you have kids and anywhere you have walls and where you have overpasses," said Fox.

"What we try to do as a city is get it covered over as quickly as we can," he said.

Fox says officers have had 17 graffiti reports in the Highlands since April 1st.

"That number is not inordinate but it's probably not a good reflection of the problem. I'd say reporting of that is probably pretty low," explained Fox.

He believes only a small number of markings are connected to criminal activity.

"Some of them are identifiable to gangs but most of it's not. Most of it is just kids with spray paint cans," he told WDRB.

To report graffiti on your property, call police or do it via mobile app on your phone by clicking here.

If you'd like to get involved with the new organization, email them at

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