The mission of the Graffiti Task Force is to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and visit our city by removing urban blight and effectively sharing resources. The Task Force has three purposes:
- Prevention of graffiti and enforcement of City codes
- Graffiti removal
- Prosecution of offenders
Monthly Graffiti Task Force Activity
Fast facts about graffiti
- Graffiti costs America more than $8 billion per year.
- Immediate removal - within 24 - 48 hours - is the key to successful graffiti prevention.
- There are four types of graffiti - tagging, satanic/hate, gang, and generic (nonthreatening messages like "Bobby loves Suzy"). Santa Ana mainly deals with tagging and gang graffiti. Tagging graffiti is more ornate while gang graffiti includes the use of symbols.
- The average age of the arrested graffiti vandal is 17-18, with an overall broad age range of 8-54 years.
- There are four primary motivating factors for graffiti vandalism: fame, rebellion, self-expression, and power.
- Getting the media to publish photos and videotape of graffiti is often the ultimate fame for graffiti vandals.
Things you can do
Report graffiti to the appropriate authorities.
Call 911 if graffiti act is in progress.
Call the Police Investigative Unit at (714) 245-8769 with information that may lead to an arrest and conviction of a person making graffiti.
Call 1(877) STOPTAG, 1(877) 786-7824, to report graffiti that needs to be removed.
Organize a paint-out.
Paint is free of charge and available at the City's Corporate Yard - Graffiti Shop located at 220 South Daisy Avenue. Call (714) 647-3339 to make an appointment for pick up.
Plant trees or other greenery near a graffiti-plagued wall.
Install lighting. Property owners are advised to install lighting in areas that are dark and often hit with graffiti.
Anti-Graffiti and Restoration Resources.
Locate businesses that provide antigraffiti and restoration services.
Graffiti Task Force 2008 Annual Report
How is graffiti removed from public and private property?
Graffiti & Tagging
It's a Crime...
How is the City proactive in enforcing graffiti removal?