Graffiti costs the Downtown Nelson merchants more than twenty thousand dollars per year to repair. In partnership with the Nelson Daybreak Rotary Club, the Nelson Police have initiated a program of immediate eradication of graffiti aimed at discouraging the increasing incidents of vandalism in the downtown core.
Police will attend and catalogue the tagging, then promptly inform the Daybreak Rotary of the location. The Rotary Club members have six action teams, one of which will contact the store owners for permission to cover up the graffiti. The store owners need only supply the paint. The work is completed by the club members on a voluntary basis.