Police Seek Information in Hilo Graffiti Spike
A spike in graffiti in Hilo has the Hawai’i Police Department searching for the culprits.
According to HPD, between May 1 and May 16, there were 10 reports of graffiti in Hilo. HPD says additional incidents went unreported. The number has largely increased from three reports in March and two in April.
In addition to seeking help in identifying the individuals responsible for the graffiti, HPD is asks that parents be aware of their children’s whereabouts and activities.
The following are potential signs of graffiti involvement:
- Graffiti on papers, books, walls, clothing, or other objects
- Unusual amounts of spray paint cans or marker pens
- Photographs of graffiti
- Accessories, like back backs, with a strong odor of paint, containers with an assortment of spray paint tips, etc.
Members of the public should report any suspicious activity. Victims of graffiti property damage should report the damage to police for documentation and then remove it as soon as possible. According to police, removing the graffiti removes the “glory” that taggers desire.
Graffiti is classified as criminal property damage. Adults would be charged with a petty misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 30 days in jail. Parents of juveniles responsible for graffiti could be liable for monetary damages.
Anyone with information about the individuals responsible for graffiti in Hilo should contact Community Policing Officer Gavin Kagimoto at 961-8121 or e-mail [email protected].
Those who prefer to maintain anonymity can call Big Island Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.