Graffiti crime reports on the rise in South Sioux City
By Jacqueline Quynh, Multimedia Journalist - email
Graffiti on the side of a business on Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -
It's not a new problem in South Sioux City, Nebraska, but police say graffiti is on the rise.
Just Thursday night, several businesses including a car wash, and a Wendy's were "tagged" along a busy stretch of Highway 77.
"It's continually happening it seems like every couple days there's a new place or new paint somewhere," Megan Belew, a South Sioux City Resident said.
Belew is talking about the graffiti that's been popping up around A-Team Heating and Cooling, the business where she works.
The business is located on Dakota Avenue, a busy business corridor in South Sioux City. The back of their store was recently vandalized with spray paint. But Belew says the graffiti problem is most visible on businesses facing Dakota Avenue.
"Say you're an outsider that's never been to South Sioux for business and you have to drive through town and you see stuff like that, it makes you think twice about our town," Belew said.
But it's not just businesses that have been hit.
"They pick different buildings in town where it's easy for them to access," Officer Brian Van Berkum, South Sioux City Police said.
Officer Berkum says graffiti reports have spiked recently.
"There's actually more graffiti that's been going on then there has been in previous months and that could be because of the weather getting nicer," Berkum said.
Berkum says police have increased patrol in some areas to monitor the problem. Meanwhile Belew hopes the public will also keep an eye out for graffiti suspects.
"If you know somebody, or you hear of somebody that is out there doing it, you gotta make it known because what if it happens to you, you're going to be the one out there cleaning it up," Belew said.
South Sioux City Police are asking the public for help. Call 402-494-7555 to report graffiti.
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