Help Keep Phoenix Graffiti-Free in 2023
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Did you know if you see graffiti in your neighborhood, you can report it and, in most cases, the City of Phoenix will remove it for free? Reporting graffiti is an easy way to help have a positive impact on your community.
February 2023 is the ninth annual Graffiti-Free Awareness Month in Phoenix, encouraging residents to help wipe out graffiti in our community. “Graffiti is vandalism, and it detracts from the beauty of our great City,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, who signed a proclamation recognizing the annual event. “We need help from our residents to keep Phoenix clean and send a message that vandalism has no place in our city.”
In 2022, the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) Graffiti Busters used nearly 12,000 gallons of paint to clean up approximately 50,000 sites of graffiti around Phoenix. The Graffiti Busters work seven days a week, tracking down graffiti and responding to reports from residents. Crews can cover or remove up to 200 sites of graffiti every day, at no cost to residents or businesses.
“Our Graffiti Busters work tirelessly helping to make sure our neighborhoods are desirable, safe places to live,” said Neighborhood Services Director, Spencer Self. “Fighting graffiti is a collective effort. We rely on reports from our residents so we can respond and remove it as quickly as possible, so it doesn’t attract more vandalism.”
Graffiti is a crime, so if you catch it in the act, call 911. Otherwise, if you see it in your neighborhood there are three ways you can report it and have it removed:
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You can also take control of your neighborhood and help wipe out graffiti yourself. “We always encourage our residents to get involved in keeping their neighborhoods clean and free of blight,” said Betsy Cable, the program manager. “Residents can get a group of volunteers together for a community clean-up and we will provide color-matched paint and supplies to help erase vandalism in your area.”
The City of Phoenix does need permission from property owners to remove graffiti from private property. You can fill out a permission slip and learn more about getting graffiti removed from your property at Phoenix.gov/graffiti .