I'll be completely honest, some graffiti "artists" are very good. When I'm stopped waiting for a train to pass by, I'm pretty impressed by some of the pieces I see and am amazed that someone was able to pull it off with a few cans of spray paint. With that said, I am fully aware it is considered vandalism unless a business or individual has given the artist permission and money to use their building as a canvas. I seriously doubt train companies are paying someone to deface their cars.

Most of the graffiti you see around town isn't impressive at all. It's usually done by someone in the middle of the night with nothing better to do and features some type of curse word or derogatory phrase. By the time the property owner sees it, the person responsible is long gone and will likely never be caught leaving the owner stuck dealing with it themselves. As you know, paint of any kind is hard to get off nearly anything, especially something like brick or concrete where it can seep into the pores of the stone. Fortunately, the Evansville Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) has a tool that can handle it, and they're offering to take care of it free of charge.

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Evansville Police Department Graffiti Removal

Back in late 2016, the CPU received a soda blaster through grant money and donations. The "Soda Blaster" looks like a pressure washer, but doesn't use water. Instead, it uses baking soda to blast paint off practically any surface, concrete, brick, metal, etc. as shown in the demonstration below.

Note: This is not the exact blaster used by the EPD. This video merely shows how a soda blaster works.

Here's a look at CPU Officer Nick Sandullo using it on some graffiti at Mickey's Kingdom Playground back in mid-March.

If you have graffiti on your property you'd like removed, but don't have a cool soda blaster like the EPD does, they are more than happy to come take care of it for you free of charge. To request the service, simply call the Crime Prevention Unit Office at 812-435-6115.

[Source: Evansville Police Department on Facebook]

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