Graffiti Problems

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

"Not five minutes later she came out and there was graffiti on the door!"

Bryson Parks is just 17 years old. A student at east high school, he says he's seen these images before...

"It's not the first time ive seen it but its shocking to my dad they would do this here because we dont bother anybody and nobody bothers us."

Bryson says it's likely the handiwork of teen gang members and wannabees...

Tom Hayes has lived in his Rockford home for 30 years.

"No, it's never happened to me and as far as I know it's never happened to anyone in the neighborhood before."

Bill Keith runs the graffiti program at Rockford Public Works...

"Have we seen an increase here recently? Yes we have. I don't have a reason as to why, but yes, we have had an increase."

The city's cleanup team uses paint, sand blasters and various chemicals to remove the evidence...but nothing can erase the image from our memories...

"I just hope it doesn't happen to anyone else!"

To call and report graffiti, dial 815-961-3243


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