Anyone who has hiked under the bridge along East Plum Creek Trail near the train tracks has probably noticed the underpass has been painted with a nature-themed mural. Under the bridge near Douglas County High School, another mural shows off Husky school spirit.

The artwork is part of an effort by Castle Rock Police called Art Around the Rock. The goal is to paint murals on all of the Town’s dozen bridge underpasses to help make a more beautiful trail system and to help deter crime, such as graffiti.

The idea is part of law enforcement science and part creativity. Officially called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, the theory is that police officer, planners, architects, and the community can work together to prevent crime at the start of a project. By creating something that positively impacts human behavior – such as painting murals on bridges crime can be deterred.