Nassau officials want to halt what they say is a recent spike in graffiti tags at Long Island Rail Road stations across the county. They’re offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Nassau Executive Edward P. Mangano announced last week an initiative between the county and the MTA Long Island Rail Road to remove and combat graffiti at the Bellmore, Massapequa, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh stations. According to officials, residents have witnessed a recent graffiti spike at the branches.
Mangano said, “Nassau County will not tolerate quality of life crimes such as graffiti as it hurts property values, drives away business, and takes away from our suburban way of life. Graffiti is everyone’s problem and residents can do their part by reporting graffiti along the Long Island Rail Road or on county properties to my office so that it can be removed.”
The LIRR is working to remove the graffiti, and the Nassau County Police Department has partnered with MTA Police, which has full jurisdiction over crimes that occur on LIRR properties.
Nassau police said graffiti incidents have typically occurred overnight and generally consist of tags. In an effort to partner with the MTA Police, Nassau police have made intelligence-led assets available, including increased marked cars; uniformed officers; plainclothes detectives; and remotely monitored video surveillance cameras on station platforms.
Through Crime Stoppers, Nassau police are offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. They ask anyone with information to call 1-800-244-8477, or the MTA Police Detective Division District #2 at 516-222-6501, and refer to PD Case Report COPE #3-16. Callers can remain anonymous.