Sunday, February 20, 2011
104th Pct had most graffiti arrests in city
From the Daily News:
Tag, Ridgewood and Glendale, you're it: the top neighborhoods for graffiti complaints in the city.
Although spray paint complaints were down overall in the five boroughs last year, police in the 104th Precinct, which also covers Middle Village, received 800 graffiti gripes - up 305% from the 262 of 2009.
Citywide, there were 9,850 graffiti complaints last year - an overall decline of 3% from the 10,162 of 2009.
But the drop couldn't erase the aerosol explosions in Queens North (up 21%) and Manhattan South (up 42%).
In Ridgewood Wednesday, store owner Barry Azizian recounted how his business was recently tagged with an "RIP" message by local kids.
"I complained, and they got the kids," he said, describing one of his tormentors as "a lowlife."
"He shouldn't be doing this," said Azizian, 49, owner of Myrtle Discount Auto Parts. "He lives in the neighborhood. We pay taxes. We want to have a nice life here."
A crackdown in the 104th Precinct produced 102 graffiti-related arrests in the first four weeks of this year. There were 174 busts all of last year.