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Vandalism In Your Parks

One of the most destructive and debilitating things that can occur in a community is park vandalism. Vandalism damages and destroys property, landscaping, fields, buildings and equipment. Including the cost of removing graffiti, the cost of  vandalism was over $251,000 last fiscal year. 

Through the Park Pride program, park visitors and neighbors are encouraged to report incidents of vandalism as well as any leads they may have to help catch the perpetrators. If you have information regarding vandalism at your local park or open space please contact our maintenance division at  410-887-3808 or complete our online tips form to help us to catch a vandal.

Graffiti Eradication Team

G.E.T. (Graffiti Eradication Team)

If you spot graffiti in any County park, call our G.E.T. (Graffiti Eradication Team) at 410-887-7844 and we can usually remove it within 24 hours.

The team uses the Farrow System, an environmentally friendly, non-hazardous material to particle-blast graffiti off virtually any surface. This system eliminates the need for chemicals and takes just one-fourth the time.  
 

Help Us Catch a Vandal

Oliver Beach ESRC, Cunning Cove Road Playground Arson - September 4, 2011

On the evening of September 4, 2011, vandals set fire to the big foot slide (5-12 age group) causing thousands of dollars in damage. If you have any information that can help in solving this crime please use our online tips form or call 410-887-3827.

Oliver Beach playground vandalism. Oliver Beach playground vandalism.

Sandy Hills Park, Bero Road Playground Arson - September 3, 2011

On the evening of September 3, 2011, vandals set fire to the yellow slides (5-12 age group) using sticks and trash causing several thousand dollars in damage. If you have any information that can help in solving this crime please use our online tips form or call 410-887-3827.

Sandy Hills playground vandalism. Sandy Hills playground vandalism.

Balder Avenue Tot Lot Playground Arson - April 29, 2010

On April 29, 2010 at approximately 6:30 a.m., vandals set fire to the Balder Avenue playground located on Balder Avenue in Parkville. Damage is estimated to be over $32,300. If you have any information that can help in solving this crime please use our online tips form or call 410-887-3827. 

 Balder Avenue Tot Lot playground damage.    Damaged playground at Balder Avenue Tot Lot. 

Orems Elementary School Recreation Center Playground Arson - April 21, 2010

During the early morning hours of April 21, 2010, vandals set fire to the Orems Elementary School Recreation Center playground located at 711 High Villa Road in Middle River. Damage is estimated to be over $21,000. If you have any information that can help in solving this crime please use our online tips form or call 410-887-3827.

Damaged playground at Orems Elementary School Recreation Center.   Damaged playground at Orems Elementary School Recreation Center.

Revised January 22, 2013

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