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 graffiti removal 7 days a week. To report graffiti removal online Click Here, Download our mobile app MySantaAna via the iTunes app store or GooglePlay store or Call the Graffiti Hotline (877) STOP TAG --
1 (877) 786-7824. To report graffiti in progress call 911.
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, 1 (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
Public Works Agency
Graffiti Street Cleaning Services Program
Santa Ana Police Department
Graffiti & Tagging Information
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