Graffiti has a negative impact on the entire community. Whether it is called “art”, tagging or “spilling ink”, it’s an eye sore and a crime. Taggers typically ply their trade in the dark, are rarely seen and are hard to catch. However, their crime is left in the open for all to see. The key to graffiti prevention is the combination of community involvement, targeted law enforcement action, youth involvement and using both the criminal and civil legal processes.
Remove graffiti as soon as possible - It is easiest within the first 24 hours
Apply anti-graffiti coating to surfaces whenever possible for easier removal
Stop rooftop access by moving cars, dumpsters and keep pallets away from buildings
Keep your property well lit. Install motion activated lighting in low traffic areas
Plant hardy shrubbery or trees to cover current or potential graffiti areas
Keep your property neat and clean - Neglected property often attracts more graffiti vandalism
Paint a mural to cover areas that are continuously plagued
Use dark colored exterior walls
If someone is writing graffiti, call 911 immediately
Develop activity programs for at-risk youth
Get involved with your local Block Watch or Business Watch programs
Consider the surface material used before selecting a removal method
Methods: Painting, sanding, scraping, chemical removers, power washing and wet/dry sandblasting
Power washing and sanding can wear down underlying materials
When possible, paint the entire surface to a uniform color so future “hits” can be covered easily
Scrapers can remove sticker tagging from poles, boxes, etc.
If using chemical removers, ALWAYS consult the directions for safety and precautions
Do not let paint-contaminated material flow into storm drains - they flow directly into creeks
Match the paint color - primers help!
Ask community members to help you remove and prevent graffiti in your community