The combination of gang activity and summertime has Goshen police making plans to pump up their patrols around curfew time.
Last winter, graffiti hit downtown Goshen – hard.
Since then, there has been a lull in the destructive activity and it has been covered up.
Goshen police plan to keep it that way this summer, as teenagers out of school look for something to do that might not be legal.
“Officers will be assigned to a specific patrol targeting curfew laws, gang activity, criminal mischief, like graffiti or whatever, and that's all they're going to be doing," said Joseph Brown, of the Goshen Police Department.
Police say that increasing their enforcement efforts near curfew time is a way to be proactive at taking on these problems rather than taking care of them later, like the paint covering the graffiti.
Business owners hope the police presence may discourage troublemakers.
For police it means prevention, and for business owners it means maintaining a safe environment near their shops.