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The return of graffiti to empty New York

Blog | By James Fletcher | May 11, 2020

When the lockdown began, many retail establishments sent crews round to board up their locations. As shopping streets became deserted, the unwelcome return of graffiti criminals is evident on a daily basis. I was initially concerned that a stretched NYPD was going to turn a blind eye to so-called minor crime - as other cities had ill-advisedly announced. Sadly, many business owners are going to come back to their premises and have to waste time and resources removing spray paint. It’s a rare black mark on a city that has rallied together in so many ways.