RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Renewed concerns over tagging activity in the Reno area has City Council members taking a hard look at the issue.
This means Reno's Anti-Graffiti Task Force may be getting an upgrade. For the last six months, the Task Force has been looking for ways to solve the graffiti problem around town.
On Wednesday, the group recommended to council members that focusing on an enforcement and educational approach will help the issue.
"Graffiti is a blighting, physical presence in communities and it signals sometimes subconsciously to those to who come or live or visit that people don't care about your neighborhoods," Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus.
The Ward 1 representative said restoring the Reno Police Department's Graffiti Enforcement Team is the next step to solving the problem. "The city used to have a detective in the police department focused on graffiti and sought out those who were doing and perpetrating property crime."
The Police Department's Graffiti Program was impacted in 2010, due to budget cuts. Still, Brekhus says the city's Abatement Team has helped reduce graffiti, but more attention needs to go towards stopping it. "There's been some notable arrests, a few, but it flares up, it's like that something flares up like a bad back and we need to be vigilant and keep it down."
Another recommendation includes educating taggers. "Why are people drawn to, and its predominately young males, to graffiti and tagging and trying to work with schools and people who work with youth to recognize those may fall into this pattern and how divert them into other productive activities."
Brekhus said getting recommendations approved will ultimately come down to funds available in the upcoming budget. Talks should get underway this month for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.