Now You See It, Now You Don't

City officials say a 10-month crackdown on graffiti headed by two police officers and supported by other police and city departments has led to a dramatic drop in vandalism, the North County Times reported.

In the second half of 2008, residents reported graffiti to police 280 times compared with 478 times in the same period the year before, according to Oceanside Police Department statistics, the paper reported.

Oceanside Code Enforcement Manager David Manley credits the decrease in graffiti to the efforts of the police department's seven-officer Neighborhood Policing Team, according to the North County Times.

Team members Officer Mark LaVake and his partner, Officer William Wallace, have dedicated most of their time since April 2008 to building cases against graffiti vandals.

For the full story read the North County Times article "Officials Say Graffiti Crackdown Working."

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