“The Lake Elsinore Police Department is dedicated to the eradication of graffiti within the city.”
Those were the words of the department Thursday in a released news statement that also promised to seek prosecution of taggers “to the fullest extent of the law.”
The statement went on to say that Thursday saw the arrest of two juveniles who were linked “to numerous acts of graffiti vandalism over the past three months throughout the city with damages estimated in excess of $4,000.”
Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station Captain Dave Fontneau has said graffiti in Lake Elsinore and surrounding areas is on the rise.
“The southwest region of Riverside County has seen dramatic increases in the amount of graffiti defacing several communities to include the city of Lake Elsinore,” according to Thursday’s news statement.
that works with the Police Department to combat graffiti, but residents are being asked to be on the lookout for vandals, and call 911 if they see vandalism in progress, or call Officer Acosta at the Lake Elsinore Police Department at 951-245-3300 with tips.
The city will aggressively seek to recover any and all costs it incurs for the removal of graffiti from those persons convicted of a crime, Thursday’s news release stated.
To make a graffiti removal request, call the city's Graffiti Hotline at 951-674-2701, or submit an online graffiti service request form at www.lake-elsinore.org.