ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police are preparing to launch a plan to crack down on graffiti.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said rampant graffiti is a quality-of-life issue that endangers public and private property values and could allow crime to breed.
He said it also sends a signal to criminals that a community is uncaring and not vigilant.
Turner said the city has created a graffiti task force that includes the mayor's office, parks officials, prosecutors, schools and police officers.
He also said Atlanta recognizes that artistic expression is important and is working to identify appropriate places where legitimate outdoor artwork is allowed.
The Associated Press