Under the supervision of the local police, nine young graffiti vandals between the ages of 17 and 23, were allowed to daub the walls of various buildings in the city, although their task this time was to clean up the mess that they had made.
The investigation which led to their identification has been continuing for some time, with officers noting a variety of “tags” used to identify the painter of the murals. In collaboration with a specialist unit in Alicante, where a unit is dedicated to identifying such perpetrators, the team sought to find those responsible for what many consider to be an eyesore blighting the walls of public buildings.
Some of the “tags” were already known to the specialist investigators, but the team then set about identifying the others using social network sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as monitoring local activity on the ground with the help of cameras.
After confirming the identity of those involved, the relevant files were opened and the suspects called to testify at the police station. All admitted the facts and expressed their willingness to collaborate in a cleaning program.
Therefore, the nine offenders have participated in an educational rehabilitation program, which offers an element of theory, but mostly practical exercises, cleaning the painted areas of the most targeted buildings.
The police and the urban cleaning teams have expressed satisfaction in the success of the program, and the positive results from the implementation. Now, with a growing database of identifying factors of the so called street artists, it is hoped that reoffending will not occur, especially as they now face a return to the scene to clean up their mess once more.
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