Graffiti Removal Assistance
Graffiti continues to be a source of frustration and concern for the residents of Albuquerque. Graffiti vandals costs our community tens of thousands of dollars in removal and clean up each year. The City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department is committed to apprehending and prosecuting the offenders as well as helping to remove this unsightly destruction of property. The police cannot address this problem alone. With the assistance of all concerned citizens we can enhance the image and esthetic value of our beautiful city.
What can you do to help?
- Why should you be concerned about graffiti? Graffiti is a serious crime that impacts all members of the community. Removing graffiti and repairing the damage it causes costs community tax dollars. Properties can be devalued and business owners can lose customers from the negative image that graffiti generates. Moreover, the presence of graffiti can send the message that a community is in decline or over-ridden with crime.
- How can you report graffiti? You can help reduce graffiti by immediately reporting all graffiti sightings. The faster graffiti is cleaned up, the less it appears. Graffiti Removal's paint crews are on the job seven days a week to eradicate graffiti on public and private property free of charge. A consent form may be required to remove graffiti from private property. The crews either remove graffiti through water blasting or use computerized paint matching for graffiti paint-overs. To report graffiti anywhere within the city limits, call the Citizen Contact Center by dialing 311, or report a graffiti sighting online.
- What if you see someone committing graffiti vandalism? While most graffiti is done by teens and young adults, graffiti vandalism is not just a harmless prank. Graffiti vandals are at increased risk of becoming involved in other criminal activity or being injured while "tagging" in dangerous locations. If you witness an act of graffiti vandalism in progress, call the Albuquerque Police Department's Telephone Reporting Unit at (505) 768-2030.
- What else can you do to help fight graffiti? The Solid Waste Management's Department offers a number of services and programs to help the community in the fight against graffiti. Prior to the formation of Graffiti Removal program, graffiti vandalism was a blight on our city. Now, through a combination of graffiti removal, enforcement of anti-graffiti laws, community education, and strong public support, graffiti vandalism is under control.The Graffiti Removal program's success is due in part to an efficient, computerized routing system that targets high-risk areas for daily graffiti checks. The 311 Citizen Contact Center allows residents to report graffiti sightings anywhere with the city limits. Graffiti removal crews then respond with state-of-the-art equipment to remove or paint over the graffiti. The on-going success of the City of Albuquerque's Graffiti Removal Services has earned the program the honor of being selected for "Best Practice" recognition by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
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Fixing the "broken window"
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When discussing the consequences of graffiti vandalism, advisors often refer to "the broken window theory." The unconscious connection between graffiti and more serious crimes hurts property values, business growth and tourism. Graffiti also attracts other forms of crime and street delinquency to the area; slowly replacing the sense of ownership once common among residents with fear, anxiety and frustration.
Abatement programs, however expensive, are necessary and should occur when possible within 24 to 48 hours of discovery