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Graffiti Hurts

Graffiti is vandalism, not art.

Keep America Beautiful’s Graffiti Hurts® program advocates a three-pronged approach to graffiti prevention:

First, educate citizens about graffiti vandalism and empower them to take action. This includes targeted prevention strategies for businesses, homeowners and other residents. Provide a way for citizens to report graffiti vandalism.

Second, remove graffiti promptly. While this may be difficult, studies show that removal within 24 to 48 hours results in a nearly zero rate of recurrence. Once graffiti is cleaned up, work to change the environment so that it does not occur again in that location. Simple Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies, such as changing lighting, landscape and access to property are effective prevention tools.

Finally, ensure consistent enforcement of local ordinances with strict penalties for graffiti vandalism. Work with local law enforcement to ensure anti-graffiti laws are enforced, and that there is follow through in the court system.

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