Purpose of Graffiti Abatement
Graffiti is a serious crime that impacts all citizens in the City of Gainesville. Removing graffiti and repairing the damages it causes cost taxpayers' dollars. Properties can be devalued and business owners can lose customers from the negative image that graffiti generates. Moreover, the presence of graffiti can send the messages that a neighborhood is in decline or over-ridden with crime.
The City of Gainesville has established a Graffiti Abatement Program to rid our City of unsightly graffiti. City departments are partnering together and with neighborhood leaders and business owners to immediately remove graffiti from our City. Our message is simple, "Graffiti is not welcome in the City of Gainesville!"
In our continuing efforts to provide the citizens of Gainesville with excellent service, we ask for your help in reporting graffiti. If you witness an act of graffiti in progress or observe graffiti within the City, please report it.
Graffiti observed on private property should be reported to the business owner as quickly as possible so that it can be removed immediately.
Graffiti is defined as any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting or other defacement that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted, or engraved on or otherwise affixed to any surface of public or private property by any graffiti implement, to the extent that the graffiti was not authorized in advance, and which is visible to the public or from public streets, sidewalks, or properties that are open to the public.
Where does graffiti crime occur?
Graffiti can occur ANYWHERE. Some of the most popular targets include:
- Public and private buildings
- Newspaper boxes and vending machines
- Utility boxes and poles
- Street signs
- Parks, playgrounds & recreational facilities
- Bridges and overpasses
- Public transit property and vehicles
What can the public do to help?
In Progress Graffiti Calls
If you see graffiti or vandalism in progress, call the Police Department at (352) 955-1818 immediately. Do NOT approach those involved in what you believe to be criminal activity. Stay on the line and provide your location and a detailed description of the suspects.
Anyone can report a graffiti location through the online form below. The electronic form is quick and easy to use. You may also call (352) 334-5030.
TIPS for Parents
- Law enforcement has learned that most parents have no idea that their children are involved in vandalisms or graffiti crimes.
- Check backpacks for markers and/or spray paint, as well as sketch books, pieces of paper with graffiti "tags" on them, aerosol cans and/or nozzles, white shoe polish and photographs of graffiti pieces or murals. Check school papers for graffiti "tags" and or sketches of murals.
- It is important to know who your children are associating with and make sure they are home at your established curfew times.
- REMEMBER: Graffiti is a crime known as "criminal mischief." It is a misdemeanor and can be a felony under Florida State statute 806.13.
If you have spotted graffiti, or have information regarding the commission of this crime, please take a moment to complete and submit the form below. The "information about you" is not required but is requested.
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