INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has increased its presence after graffiti artists targeted west side apartments.
According to a police report, officers have been assigned to patrol apartments at Westland and Harcourt Road.
Investigators believe a gang is behind spray painting some of the apartment units.
It's estimated that graffiti causes $18 billion in damages nationwide each year.
A group of stakeholders including pastors, residents and business leaders are raising money to employ teens this summer. The teens will clean up graffiti and pick up trash in troubled areas.
In order to work, the teenagers must sign a permission slip. The youth will meet on Fridays and be assigned to clean up work in the community.
The teens will receive $25 per day, and up to a total of $700 for the summer.
"The kids are just happy that there are others in the community taking an interest in them and allowing them to be involved in structured activity," said Pastor James Jackson.
Those interested should call 890-3288, extension 128 or 898-2751.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
With seventeen shopping days remaining, customers are steadily visiting gift stores along Mass Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.