The Minneapolis Park Police needs your help to prevent vandalism and apprehend individuals who vandalize our parks and recreational facilities.
Why is important to stop vandalism?
If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone.
Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our City's parks.
Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. It costs money to repair or replace whatever a vandal's actions have destroyed. For example, the cost of removing writing from a cement or brick wall can easily reach $1000 for sandblasting costs. Replacing a destroyed bench involves high labor repair costs. Even damaged boulevard trees are costly to replace at a value at $1000 or more.
Vandalism is not cool. Damaging public property through vandalism is both cowardly and uncool. Individuals who tag or use spray paint for artistic expression on public property are breaking the law and are no "cooler" than the person who breaks a window or basketball hoop on purpose.
Help Stop Vandalism
Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism.
- Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism.
- If you have information about a crime that has occurred in a park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call 612-230-6550.
- To provide information about a crime that did not occur in a park, when an immediate police response is not needed, call the local precinct station.
- Finally, if you want to remain anonymous, you may want to call 45-C-R-I-M-E. You will not be asked your name and instead will be assigned a number that will make you eligible for a reward if an arrest occurs.