CrimeStoppers forms partnership to wipe out graffiti

Macon Regional CrimeStoppers has a new tool to clean up crime-ridden neighborhoods, a powerful pressure washer to wipe out graffiti.

Through a donation from the Atlantic Southern Bank Foundation, the crime-fighting partnership will be able to go into any neighborhood with a self-contained system to wash away gang symbols and other graffiti.

In the past the organization has found it difficult to pressure wash in areas that do not have power or a water supply handy.

"We feel like we have everything there that it will take to go into a community and remove the graffiti," said Warren Selby, board chairman of CrimeStoppers.

The equipment will be housed at the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department and will be used through a CrimeStoppers partnership of the Macon Police Department, Bibb County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, State Probation Office and the bank.

"This graffiti sends a negative message to our city and to our visitors," said Mike Carswell, Deputy Chief of the Macon Police Department. "As you see today, we're going to do something about it."

CrimeStoppers working with Project Safe Neighborhood of the U.S. Attorney's Office will begin planning cleanup events in the coming weeks.

The first target with be the Bartlett's Crossing area of the city of Macon where substandard housing has been removed, Selby said. Teams will then focus on removing graffiti from the Bloomfield neighborhoods.