Hilliard neighbors, police fight back against graffiti across city

Some Hilliard residents teamed up to get graffiti cleaned up in the city. (WSYX/WTTE)

Neighbors and police in Hilliard teamed up to clean their city Saturday morning.

Volunteers got together with police to hit around 60 locations tagged with graffiti across the community.

Police said they've seen a spike in graffiti in the past three years.

"Over the summer months, we have had a number of locations that have been tagged with graffiti," said Hilliard Division of Police Chief Robert Fisher, "and now is our chance to try to give back a little bit and make our community look better."

Police said the big group of volunteers that came out sends a message about Hilliard.

"The community spirit we have here is second to none," said Chief Fisher.

The volunteers were busy in Old Hilliard, scrubbing and brushing writing that lined the main road.

"We don't need somebody coming out here and defacing us," said volunteer Katharine Hayes, "it is not fair to the family that walks around and has to see this every day."

Hayes wanted to do something and continue what her young daughters are learning in Girl Scouts.

"I thought that by coming out here and doing something for the city that it would give them a little bit of a lesson on a Saturday morning," said Hayes.

One of Hilliard Police's school resource officers helped organize the city-wide clean up.

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