The summer school students at Roy Martin Middle School got a lesson on graffiti from Metro officers. Several detectives and Metro police explained the consequences of graffiti vandalism – the most reported and costly property crime.
"A lot of these kids see graffiti depicted in the media as something that is cool, something that is fun to get involved with. Often times, they get involved with their friends and they don't realize what a serious crime it is," said Metro Detective Scott Black.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 650 people are arrested annually for vandalizing public and private property. Traffic signs are tagged the most with spray cans.
"There is a huge problem with graffiti tagging," said Lisa Campbell with the City of Las Vegas. "It actually costs annually throughout the valley $30 million a year."
In the end, all of the students signed their name on a program banner as a promise to keep their school graffiti free.
"I think that graffiti is a detractor to any school campus and we really make an effort to keep our campus and the surrounding areas free of graffiti," said Principal Mary Hafner.
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