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GRA I (Sec 16-5) City of Providence
Graffiti Prevention Information
Members of the public are eli-
gible for up to a five hundred
dollar ($500.00) award for any
information leading to the detec-
tion, apprehension, and convic-
tion of any offender, or offenders
who maliciously destroy or de-
face public or private property.
Information can be provided
regarding graffiti vandalism to City of Providence
the Graffiti Task Force at
1-800-TAGGERS. Rewards David N. Cicilline
will be paid after a certificate of www.providenceri.com
TOO THTI VAN final conviction has been re-
UEP INGGRAFFI ceived by the city controller from
RDON L A F A
T Colonel Dean Esserman
Chief of Police
A I D the justice or clerk of the court
RE INF CONVI
before which the offender(s)
1-800-824-4377 were tried.
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Introduction Graffiti Vandalism is a Crime!
Graffiti Crime! Graffiti?
W hat is Graffiti?
(Sec 16-142) PROHIBITED ACTS: (Sec 16-144) SALE OF GRAFFITI TO
Graffiti is a public nuisance and DEFACEMENT. It shall be unlawful for any MINORS. It shall be unlawful for any
person to apply graffiti to any natural or man- person, other than a parent or legal (a) “Graffiti” means any unauthorized
destructive of the rights and values of made surface on any city-owned property or guardian, to sell, exchange, give, loan,
on any non city-owned property. otherwise furnish, cause or permit to be inscription, word, figure, painting or
property owners as well as the entire
exchanged, given, loaned, or otherwise
community. Unless action is taken to other defacement that is written,
(Sec 16-143) VIOLATION: PENALTY. Graffiti furnished, any aerosol paint container,
remove graffiti from public and private vandalism is a crime punishable in the broad-tipped marker, etching equipment, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed,
following manner: paint stick or graffiti stick to any person
property, the graffiti remains. Other under the age of eighteen years without the drawn, painted, or engraved on or
properties then become the target of (a) FINES: A fine not to exceed one thousand written consent of the parents or guardian of
dollars ($1,000) for any offense. In the case of the person. Any person who owns, manages, otherwise affixed to any surface of
graffiti, and entire neighborhoods are a violation by a minor, the parents or legal or operates a place of business where
guardian shall be jointly and severally liable graffiti implements are sold shall be public or private property by any
affected and become less desirable
with the minor for the payment of the fine. prohibited from displaying these items.
places in which to be, all to the Failure to make payment will result in the filing Only the use of facsimiles, or locked and graffiti implement, to the extent that the
detriment of the neighborhood. of a lien on the parent’s or legal guardian’s secured display cases containing graffiti
graffiti was not authorized in advance by
property. implements shall be permitted.
the owner or occupant of the property,
The City of Providence, as an (b) RESTITUTION: A court will order any
violator to make restitution to the victim for GRAFFITI REMOVAL
REMOV or, despite advance authorization, is
amendment of Chapter 16, “Offenses damages or loss caused directly or indirectly We abate graffiti vandalism in the following
and Miscellaneous Provisions,” Articles I by the violator’s offense. In the case of a ways: otherwise deemed a public nuisance.
minor, the parents or legal guardian shall be (1) Paint over surfaces that are paint-
and IV of the Code of Ordinances ordered jointly and severally liable with the friendly.
Regarding Graffiti and Rewards, is minor to make the restitution. (2) Usage of chemicals and power (b) “Graffiti Implement” means an
washes on surfaces like stone or
enacting this program to prevent graffiti (c) COMMUNITY SERVICE: A minor or adult recycled plastic. aerosol paint container, a broad-tipped
and its spread from public and private shall be required to perform community (3) Sandblast over very hard surfaces.
service as described by the court based on marker, gum label, paint stick or graffiti
property, and to reward those whose the following minimum requirements: Up to
public-spirited actions result in the 100 hours for a first offense; Up to 200 hours Residents can log on to stick, etching equipment, brush or any
for a second or subsequent offense (The entire
apprehension of violators and offenders. period of public community restitution work
www.providenceri.com/ other device capable of scarring or
And by doing so, provide enforcement shall be performed under the supervision of a graffiti
graffiti to fill out a Graffiti
community service provider approved by the leaving a visible mark on any natural or
tools to protect properties from acts of chief of police or the probation department of
Removal Request Form or call
the court). In the case of a minor, at least one the Graffiti Task Force Hotline at manmade surface.
graffiti vandalism and defacement.
parent or guardian shall be in attendance a
minimum of 50% of the period of assigned
community service. 824-4377)