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Graffiti Hurts

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Graffiti Reporting
Graffiti Prevention

Graffiti is:

Graffiti is not

Graffiti is words, colors, and shapes drawn or scratched on buildings, overpasses, train cars, desks, and other surfaces. It's done without permission and it's against the law.

Graffiti sends the signal that nobody cares about a neighborhood, and then attracts other forms of crime and blight to that area.

Graffiti decreases a resident's feeling of safety. Neighborhoods with graffiti see a decrease in property values, loss of business growth and tourism, and reduced ridership on transit systems.

Graffiti drains tax dollars. Funds that could be used for schools, roads, parks, and other community improvements, are instead used for graffiti clean-up. The same is true in the private sector. In Portland alone, tens of thousands of dollars are spent by private property owners who try to keep their buildings free from graffiti.

Cost of Graffiti:

• According to the National Association of Realtors, property located within a community where there is graffiti will lose 15 percent of its value.
• If the graffiti is profane or hateful, the property owner can expect to lose up to 25 percent of the home's value.
• An estimated $12 billion a year is spent cleaning up graffiti in the United States.
• Lost business due to blighted appearance incalculable.

Rapid Removal is the key to graffiti eradication! Studies show that the ideal response time is 24 to 48 hours. Consistent removal within this timeframe shows vandals that their “tags” will not receive much attention in that area!

Graffiti Prevention

What makes a wall attractive to graffiti vandals?
Attractive Not So Attractive
Regular paint
Patched and dirty
Anti-graffiti paint
Clean and freshly painted