More Tips for Mission Statement Graffiti Prevention Graffiti Prevention • Keep up the neighborhood: keep your The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is neighborhood clean, remove litter and trash, fix broken fences. The appear- committed to work in partnership ance of neglect attracts vandals. with our community to enhance the • Remove graffiti promptly. Data shows that removal within 24-48 hours results safety, security, and quality of life in a nearly zero rate of re- for the residents and visitors of currence. • Encourage citizen report- Kern County through professional ing: report sightings of graf- public safety services. fiti as soon as possible. You can call (661) 32- ERASE for removal in the Bakersfield area or fill out the online form at: www.co.kern.ca.us/gsd/graffitiremoval/ • Enforce anti-graffiti laws: law enforce- ment dedicated to tracking and appre- hending graffiti vandals is a strong de- KEEPING OUR STREETS terrent. GRAFFITI FREE • Educate Youth: make sure kids know how graffiti effects the entire commu- nity. Helpful Sites: www.graffitihurts.org www.co.kern.ca.us/gsd/graffitiremoval/ Graffiti Resistance www.co.kern.ca.us/sheriff There are many surfaces that are less prone to graffiti. These include: To Contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office: • Textured surfaces, such as stucco, Emergency: 9-1-1 are less likely to be tagged, as they Non-Emergency: (661)861-3110 are less attractive to vandals. This brochure is a publication of the Non-Emergency (Outlying Areas): • Dark or colorful surfaces are avoided, 1-800-861-3110 Kern County Sheriff’s Office as they are not a good canvas for graffiti. Sheriff’s Report Desk (Bakersfield only): (661)391-7577 Crime Prevention Unit • Surfaces with extra coatings that can be easily power-washed off (with the Crime Prevention Unit: (661)392-6902 (661)392-6902 graffiti) and reapplied. 10 Things You Can Do What is Graffiti? Who does Graffiti? The following is a list of 10 things you Graffiti is words, colors, and shapes can do to help eliminate and prevent drawn or scratched on buildings, over- • About 80% of graffiti is hip hop or “tagger” graffiti. graffiti in your area: passes, train cars, desks, and other surfaces. It’s done without permission • Get Educated. Learn about graffiti, • Nationally, only 10% of graffiti is and is against the law. Graffiti sends gang related. how it impacts your community, and the signal that nobody cares, attracting who is responsible for graffiti preven- other forms of crime and street delin- • Most studies show the majority of tion and clean-up in your area. quency. Fortunately, there are things “taggers” are males between 12 • Report graffiti to the appropriate au- we can all do to eliminate and prevent and 21 years old. thorities, you can do this by calling graffiti in our area. • Approximately 15% of graffiti van- 32-ERASE. dals are young females. • Organize a paint-out. Local paint dealers are often willing to donate Graffiti Facts and Figures paint and brushes for volunteers to use for graffiti clean up. • Graffiti cleanup takes a big chunk out of city and county budgets. In 2003, • Plan a paint-brush the city of Los Angeles spent $55 mil- mural to cover a wall lion on graffiti removal. plagued with graffiti— community murals are • Graffiti is the most common type of rarely defaced by graffiti artists. vandalism, and is against the law. How Graffiti • Coordinate a graffiti awareness cam- • Graffiti increases instances of crime Hurts the Community paign at your school or in the commu- and delinquency in a given area. nity. • There are four motivating factors for • Graffiti can hurt everyone: homeown- • Make a presentation on graffiti pre- graffiti vandalism: fame, rebellion, ers, communities, businesses, schools, vention to your school class or self-expression, and power. and you. neighborhood group. • There are four types of graffiti: hip- • Graffiti reduces • “Adopt a Wall” in your school or com- hop (tagging), gang, hate, and ge- retail sales and munity and make sure it stays clean neric (“Bobby loves Suzy” or “Class property values. and free of graffiti. of 2007”). • People feel less • Plant trees or other greenery near a • 52% of public high safe in their homes and communities in graffiti-plagued wall, to reduce acces- schools and 47% of mid- areas where graffiti is tolerated. sibility and visibility. Taggers are less dle schools reported inci- • The cost of graffiti removal in the U.S. likely to tag where no one will see it. dents of vandalism dur- rises each year. ing the 1996-1997 • Ask your community to install lighting school years. • Graffiti removal is estimated to cost in areas that are dark and often hit taxpayers millions of dollars each year. with graffiti. • 36% of students have seen hate- related graffiti. • Volunteer to help keep your commu- nity clean.