Graffiti is not simply a maintenance problem, but a complex social problem as well. Most graffiti vandalism is caused by minors in the late-night or early morning hours. Some graffiti is the product of gang activity, and is used to identify territories, indicate associations or conflicts between gang members, or promote the sale of illegal drugs.
The vast majority of the increase in graffiti vandalism is the result of "tagging," committed by juvenile vandals with the primary objective being peer recognition. Taggers are not necessarily gang members, and come from all neighborhoods.
What You Can Do to Stop Graffiti Vandalism
- Remove any graffiti on your property immediately!
- Make sure your child is not a graffiti vandal.
- Report it!
- Assist your neighbors if they need your help.
- Work with the Police Department if you know of someone guilty of graffiti vandalism.
What to Do If You are a Victim of Graffiti Vandalism
- DO NOT attempt to apprehend the suspect.
- Do get a good description of the suspect(s) and vehicle(s) involved, and the location.
- Call (860) 872-9126 to have a police officer come to your house and take a report (if the suspects are seen, known, or if there is a witness.)
- If you have no information pertinent to the crime, you still should report it.
How to Remove Graffiti Vandalism
- Use matching paint so you don't leave a "canvas" for them.
- Keep paint readily available.
- Use M.E.K. (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) on glass, or previously painted metal surfaces.
- Use Graffiti Remover on glass, unpainted metal surfaces, or brick or block walls (you must scrub with soap and water, too) and always wear rubber gloves.
- Graffiti removed promptly does not discourage future graffiti.
How To Spot a Tagger
- Paint or marker pen dye stains on hands, under the fingernails, or on clothes.
- Bulky military jacket, pull-over or zip-up with a hood helps conceal spray cans and markers.
- Blood-shot eyes from being out all night tagging and being exposed to dangerous toxic fumes from the markers and paint.
- Tag names might be written on the underside of the bill of a sports cap, visor, or on notebooks and other possessions.
- A backpack to hide spray cans.
- Baggy clothes with deep pockets to hide spray cans.
- Spray paint on sneakers or shoes.