Tips for Citizens When Reporting/Dealing with Graffiti Issues
Dial 9-1-1 for all graffiti in progress. If possible, keep an eye on the suspects, relaying all information to the 9-1-1 operator. NEVER place yourself in a dangerous position! Be willing to be a good witness.
If you are a victim of graffiti not in progress:
Make a police report.
In arrest situations, the detective will need a damage estimate.
If you require assistance removing the graffiti, call your municipality to see if they have a graffiti removal program.
If you see graffiti in your area:
Get the location or address if possible.
Make note of what type of structure it’s on (block wall, wood fence, power pole, utility box, etc.).
Consider having the graffiti removed as quickly as possible after making a police report.
Typically a law enforcement agency or tip-line will need:
The suspect’s name
Where we can contact them (home, work or school)
How you know they are doing the graffiti
Is the graffiti currently present somewhere? (so the detective can take a photo)