The Graffiti Program improves the quality of life for those who live, work and visit our city by removing urban blight and effectively sharing resources. The Program has three purposes:
- Prevention of graffiti and enforcement of City codes
- Graffiti removal
- Prosecution of offenders
The Public Works Agency provides:
- Pro-Active and Reactive graffiti removal on over 400 miles of streets
- within 48 hours or less and 47 City parks.
- Services 7-days a week
- 100% Color Matching
- Manages Graffiti Hotline (877) STOP TAG
The City of Santa Ana Public Works Department removes graffiti from public sidewalks and walls that face the Public Right of Way. Removal of graffiti on private property, such as businesses, apartments, townhomes/condos, private residences or garage doors is the responsibility of the property owner. To report graffiti on private property please contact Code Enforcement at (714) 647-2780.
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 (877) STOPTAG, (877) 786-7824, to report graffiti that needs to be removed
- Use Smartphone APP "mySantaAna"
- 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 anti-graffiti and restoration services
Information about Graffiti & Tagging Information, what tagging is and the penalties can be found on the Graffiti page in the Police Department section of the website.
Graffiti Paint Out and Beautification Day
Many volunteers regularly join City-contracted graffiti crews to help clean up graffiti in our community parks and surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers are supplied with tools, gloves, paint and training. We are on hand with our award winning water and healthy snacks to help support residents and crews who work hard at beautifying our community.