What is tagging?
Tagging is not an art form or about expressing oneself. It is vandalism and the destruction of private and public property. Tagging is any unauthorized marking, etching, scratching, drawing, painting or defacing of any surface of public, private, real or personal property.
Tagging causes blight in our community resulting in a genuine threat to the quality of life, incalculable economic losses to businesses, and can lead to the general deterioration of the area in which you live or work. The eradication of graffiti is a huge drain on the City’s resources in both cost and manpower. In most cases, the difference between graffiti being art or a crime is permission!
Graffiti reward program
The City of Santa Ana also offers a Graffiti Reward Program in the amount of $500 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of suspects for tagging or graffiti related vandalism.
Graffiti Task Force
If you have any information that may assist the Graffiti Task Force detectives in the investigation of any particular tagging or graffiti related incident, you can e-mail the Graffiti Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to report graffiti for removal, call (877) STOP-TAG or (877) 786-7824.