Graffiti removal costs American communities $8 billion per year. It hurts property values, drives away business, and sends the message that nobody cares about the community. Graffiti is everybody's problem. Here are a few tips on what you can do to help.
- Report graffiti immediately. The sooner it is reported, the sooner it can be removed.
- Private Property- Contact the property owner whose building or property has been vandalized by graffiti. Stress the importance of quick clean up.
- Public Property- Report graffiti on public property such as bridges, sidewalks and streets to the Public Works department.
- Removing graffiti promptly (within the first 24 hours if possible) is the best way to prevent it. Prompt and persistent removal usually results in a nearly zero rate of recurrence. Before any graffiti removal begins, find out whether the police want to photograph it as evidence.
- When painting over graffiti, save some of the paint for touchups in the event of future vandalism.
- Look in the Yellow Pages under "Graffiti Removal" or the web for companies that specialize in cleaning up graffiti.