SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — Several properties in a Springdale neighborhood have been vandalized in the past few days and it has people there concerned. Springdale police has received reports of graffiti on fences, sidewalks and sheds.
“It’s primarily tagging along fences lines and shed and such, along the main streets, obviously the people doing it want to get attention,” said neighborhood resident and State rep. Jeff Williams.
“Yeah, it’s upsetting,” said Virginia Chester, who has lived in the Parson Hills neighborhood for 30 years. She notified the police after her property was vandalized twice in two days. “My children are on vacation, I was going to let them take care of it for me.”
But that’s when her neighbor stepped in.
“When i saw that was the case, I threw all of my equipment in the back of the truck and I’ve been driving through the neighborhood and talking to the homeowners and if they allow, I’m going to do the work necessary to get it cleaned up,” Williams said.
Springdale police is asking residents to call them so they can fill out a graffiti report to help find those responsible.” “What we’ll do is we will send an officer out there, we will take a picture of it, we’re going to document information we can get off it, then we’re going to turn it over to public works and they will come out. They have a crew and actually clean it up, doesn’t cost the resident anything, it’s something the city has implemented several years ago to try to combat this,” Lt. Jeff Taylor of Springdale Police.
Both Williams and Chester say they hope this doesn’t reflect negatively on a neighborhood they’ve enjoyed living in for years. “It’s very nice, like I said I’ve lived here a long time and no I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Springdale PD does not know who is responsible, but school being out could play a role.