Harsher Penalties For Tagging Historic Sites

Talk to neighbors in the Ralston Street area near UNR, and they'll tell you the graffiti started when the Lambda Chi house shut down.

”I don't like it very much. They hit my apartment complex. I'm not happy. It think it sends a message that this is a bad area,” says Kyleigh Larson who lives in the neighborhood.

The vacated fraternity house has windows broken, graffiti sprayed around the building, it appears as if the taggers are making their way around the neighborhood, including the cemeteries on top of this hill, where graves date back to the 1800s.

If the people responsible are caught, they would face tougher fines and penalties because of where this graffiti is--this is a protected site.

Under a bill which just passed unanimously out of the senate judiciary committee, the number of historic buildings and places would be expanded to include historic registries from city, county state, and even on a national level.

Such designations may surprise you.

The civil war cemetery would certainly be included.

But so would the former ATO house near UNR campus.

While people we talked to generally liked the idea, some had this question.

“Its going to be hard to enforce. Especially with the younger age group that lives around this neighborhood. I don't think they really care,” Amy Cook, another resident.

The bill amended on Monday at the request of Metro Police Department in LasVegas further expands the list of protected sites, also included a 50 year or older site, building, structure, object or district located in a state or municipal park.

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