Thank you Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins and his graffiti removal team.

Methuen was plagued with graffiti, but quick action and cleanup with the help of Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins and his graffiti removal team defeated the onset of the stigma of a city suffering from "Broken Windows." This theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime. Many times policing is not all about catching the bad guy, it's about positive relationships with residents and about keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe as to not breed disorder.