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Graffiti sites greatly reduced

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

City officials say graffiti is something citizens should not have to tolerate.

Many folks remember when the World War II Monument was vandalized last summer.

They are still some marks because the paint got into the granite.

In the last two years the number of graffiti sites reported have been reduced by well over 50 percent.

Judy Bowles with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful says two years ago they cleaned up 220 different sites around Albany.

That's compared to just 39 spots so far this year. She wants people to continue to use the 311 hotline.

“This is a significant drop and I think that's because the people putting up graffiti know that if it goes up we are going to remove it and you, as a business owner or a citizen have five days to take it down,” says Judy Bowles, with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful.

Bowles encourages anyone if they see graffiti to call 311, and they can help with removing it.

See stresses she's not a professional painter, but does have paint that can cover the graffiti at no cost to residents.

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