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The City Of Jackson Blasts Off Graffiti

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS)- Fighting graffiti in any city is an on going battle, and Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins says his city's not immune to it.

Eco-blaster, a company out of Jackson, showed off their new environmentally friendly way to remove and clean up graffiti. Last fall the Jackson YMCA gathered close to $500 for eco-blaster to clean graffiti of the building's back wall.

"It was very creative. However, like I said, it didn't represent the Y," said Rick Wilson, Director of YMCA.

Wilson says it was a good price for the job. "I wish people would understand the expense that it takes a non-profit organization like our own, who struggles for every dollar that we get. All of a sudden, we have a $500 project we weren't planning on," said Wilson

He wants young people to consider the golden rule before aiming a can of spray paint at a blank wall."Is this something you would want done to your own property? Do you understand the cost of removing the graffiti? Do you understand that it doesn't represent our community well," said Wilson.

Police Chief Matt Heins watched the demo Wednesday in downtown Jackson. He says a seemingly small thing like graffiti can snowball and do a lot of damage to community pride.

"If a window's broken in a house and you don't take care of it, people are going to say, 'well, that property's probably not worth anything so we're going to break the rest of the windows, we're not going to cut the grass and it becomes dilapidated, and that's almost as if it's a cancer and it grows," said Chief Matt Heins, from the Jackson Police Department.

Back at the YMCA, Wilson wants everyone to feel comfortable being themselves, including street artists.

A solid alternative to vandalism.

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