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Phoenix declares February Graffiti Free Awareness Month Phoenix declares February Graffiti Free Awareness Month <div class="ExternalClass21D5387260484A6CAC47C8E026D7BF9B"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default ms-rte-paste-settablesizes"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Mayor Greg Stanton signed a proclamation marking the Second Annual Graffiti Free Phoenix Awareness Month this February.</p><p>Beginning February 1, the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) will promote the "Graffiti Free Phoenix" program which encourages residents across the community to join the city in the effort to keep Phoenix graffiti free.  </p><p>"Graffiti is a crime that decreases property values and contributes to the overall decline of a neighborhood," said Chris Hallett, Director of the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department.</p><p>Each year, governments across the United States spend more than $13 billion to combat graffiti according to the U.S. Department of Justice.</p><p>Graffiti Busters will remove graffiti from properties with permission from property owners, but anyone can call in to report graffiti.  NSD will verify that a permission slip is on file or obtain one from the owner.  Each time graffiti is removed from the property, Graffiti Busters staff will provide the property owner with information on the program and offer free color-matched paint. </p><p>"We intend to remain strong and focused in our efforts to making phoenix a community of desirable neighborhoods," Hallett said. "Our mission is to Preserve, Enhance, and Engage Phoenix Neighborhoods, but we need help from everyone. Report graffiti to us so we can keep Phoenix graffiti free."</p><p>In 2010, Phoenix was one of the first municipalities in the nation to launch a free app that allows residents with iPhone and Droid phones to point, click and send photos of graffiti, over-height weeds, abandoned shopping carts and other blight violations to NSD.</p><p>Users download the application for free by searching for the keyword "myphoenix" in the app store and then clicking on myPhxAZ. Once installed, users will simply open the application and follow the prompts to take a picture of the violation and then tap "submit." Using built-in global positioning system technology, the app will attach a location to the picture and send the complaint to NSD. Residents also can choose an option to receive updates on the status of their request.</p><p>Here are other ways to report graffiti:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li> See graffiti happening, call Phoenix Police's Crimestop at 602-262-6151</li><li> Report graffiti in your community by calling NSD at 602-534-4444 or by email <a href="mailto:blight@phoenix.gov">blight@phoenix.gov</a></li><li> Use the city's website to "report it" at phoenix.gov/nsd/report-blight</li><li> Through the city's free smartphone app (MyPhxAz)</li></ul><p>Additionally, through the year, NSD provides Neighborhood College workshops that teach Phoenix residents and business owners to use a paint sprayer or pressure washer to remove graffiti.  Workshops can be viewed online at phoenix.gov/nsd/ne​ighborhoodcollege. </p><p>Finally, during the Second Annual Graffiti Free Phoenix Awareness Month, NSD will provide free paint and supplies to any group organizing a community cleanup to wipe out graffiti in Phoenix.    </p><p>NSD and its partners need the community's help to spread the word about Graffiti Free Phoenix. Please use the hashtag #GraffitiFreePHX and #iLovePHX on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>For more information or to request graffiti-removal supplies, call 602-534-4444. </p></div>1/28/2016 10:00:00 PMTamra IngersollNeighborhood Services Department 602-534-4444