Phoenix officials asking the public to report graffiti during annual awareness month
PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix is asking the public to report graffiti when they see it during the eighth annual Graffiti-Free Phoenix Awareness Month.
“We need the community’s help to keep Phoenix clean and free of vandalism, so our citizens feel safe, and our city is welcoming to all,” Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release.
“Graffiti is a crime. If you see it, report it.”
Spencer Self, Neighborhood Services director, said in the release that graffiti can decrease property value and attract more graffiti and other crimes if not removed quickly.
“When there is evidence of criminal activity, like graffiti, it gives the impression that such activity is tolerated or accepted,” Self said.
City employees, known as Graffiti Busters, respond to reports from citizens and cover up or remove up to 200 graffiti sites seven days a week at no cost, according to the release.
People who would prefer to remove graffiti themselves can be provided with paint that matches the color of the wall, supplies and training for community volunteers, the city said.
The city added its Graffiti Busters last year covered up nearly 52,000 sites of graffiti around Phoenix using nearly 12,000 gallons of paint.
“The Graffiti Busters are passionate about what they do and take pride in restoring a positive image to our community,” Betsy Cable, program manager, said in the release.
“They’re out there every day erasing crime, and it’s because of them that clean-up is quick and effective. But the program also depends on our residents who are the eyes and ears on the ground. We are most effective when the community works with us by reporting graffiti.”
People that see graffiti in progress are asked to call 911.