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February is 'Graffiti Free Phoenix' Awareness Month

Photo-Graffiti Buster in actionThe Neighborhood Services Department and the Anti-Graffiti Task Force are promoting February as "Graffiti Free Phoenix" month.  Individuals, neighborhood and corporate organizations are encouraged to join the city to help make Phoenix graffiti free.  Here's how you can make a difference:

  • Report graffiti in your community by calling 602-534-4444, extension 1, email blight@phoenix.gov (be sure to include the address if you know it) or click on "report it" on phoenix.gov and complete the online blight reporting form.
  • Download the free smartphone app (MyPhxAz); use it to report graffiti and other blight violations.
  • Volunteer to remove graffiti by hosting a community cleanup. 
  • Keep your own property free of graffiti.
  • Sign up to take a free Neighborhood College workshop and learn how to use a paint sprayer or pressure washer to remove graffiti.
  • Read our "Graffiti Free Phoenix" informational brochure and share with your contacts.  The brochure also is available in Spanish.

​Free paint and supplies will be provided to any group organizing a community cleanup to wipe out graffiti.  Help spread the word about this effort!  Please hashtag #GraffitiFreePHX on your personal and neighborhood social media sites.  Tweet us at @CityofPhoenixAZ or @PHXNeighborhood with your photos removing graffiti during February.  For more information or to request graffiti-removal supplies, call 602-534-4444.

Special thanks to our Anti-Graffiti Task Force members Jessica Rubio and Liz Ricario who coordinated three neighborhood groups to clean more than 200 graffiti sites on Saturday, Feb. 28, as part of #GraffitiFreePHX Awareness Month.  Check out their work!

 

Did you know?

Graffiti is costly and destructive, and sends a message that the community is not concerned about the appearance of its neighborhoods.  To help in the effort, the city created the Graffiti Busters Program.  You can take control of your neighborhood by quickly removing graffiti. Prompt removal reduces the chance of graffiti reappearing and helps maintain a safe, secure and attractive environment.

The goals of the program:

  • Support a zero tolerance approach to graffiti in our neighborhoods.
  • Reduce the social and economic impact of graffiti on our neighborhoods.
  • Enhance the quality of life for residents by reducing blight.

Help keep our community and the city graffiti free by filling out a graffiti Permission Slip.

Graffiti Busters

Graffiti Busters crews remove graffiti reported through various ways and also coordinate with other public and private agencies to remove graffiti.  The Graffiti Busters remove graffiti for free. However, a signed Graffiti Busters permission slip (PDF) from the property owner or other responsible party is required.  Sign and return the Permission Slip: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) and share the coloring book: The Adventures of Graffiti Busters (PDF)  |  Las Aventuras de Graffiti Buster (PDF).

Phoenix also has a non-access ordinance, making it illegal to sell spray paint or broad-tipped indelible markers to anyone under 18 years of age.  Retailers also must keep these items in a manner that require employee assistance to access.

Blight Busters

Blight Busters Program was created to train community volunteers to help support graffiti removal and other blight issues in Phoenix neighborhoods.  It is a great example of the spirit of volunteerism in our community.  Volunteers learn to use graffiti abatement equipment, techniques to avoid conflicts, how to address illegal signs in the right of way and other tools and information to keep our neighborhoods clean and safe.

Graffiti Vandal Catching Reward

This Police Department has a special graffiti hotline, if you believe you can provide information leading to the arrest of a graffiti vandal, call 602-262-7327 to make a report.  You don't have to give your name or other identification, and you could receive an award up to $250.  For more information on this program, visit the Police Graffiti Hotline site.

Quick Contact List
Report graffiti/more information: 602-534-4444
Graffiti in progress: 9-1-1
Email: blight@phoenix.gov
Crime Stop: 602-262-6151
Vandal Catching Reward Program: 602-262-7327
Free paint for graffiti removal: 602-495-0323



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