Graffiti is an on-going problem within the city, and the Public Works Department responds aggressively to all calls for graffiti on both the public right-of-way and on private property. We work towards removing graffiti on public right-of-ways within one business day of receiving a report; however, there are times when the volume of calls exceeds our available resources.
Types of Graffiti
There are two common types of graffiti. The first type is gang associated, and is a method for communicating a gang's claim on a particular area. The second type of graffiti is associated with tagging crews, individuals who view their "tags" as individual expressions of artwork. Both types are illegal and degrade the quality of life for our City.
- If the graffiti is on a public right-of-way
Our Graffiti Abatement crew will respond to remove the graffiti. We use a variety of techniques and approaches, included power washing, chemical removal and paint-over to abate graffiti.
- If the graffiti is on private property
The property owner is primarily responsible for abating graffiti on their property. The City can and will abate graffiti on private property. In order to do this, we must first secure the written permission of the property owner to perform this work. The City uses either tan or gray colors only, no color matching is performed. Once the graffiti has been abated, the City will then bill the property owner for the labor and paint. Unpaid invoices may be placed as a lien against the property.
What to Do If You See Someone Tagging
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First, do not confront them. Taggers may be armed and there have been instances in other communities where citizens who confronted a tagger were killed as a result. Instead, you should immediately contact the Perris Police Department (800-950-2444) to report this, but only if you see someone actively tagging property.
The Perris Police Department has an active graffiti investigation unit that will investigate all reports of graffiti and will seek to apprehend and prosecute taggers. Be prepared to give as much information as you can, including:
- The location or address or the tagging.
- The number of individuals involved, including a description of their clothing.
- Any vehicles, including the license number, the make, model and color of the vehicle.
- Any other information that may assist in identifying and apprehending the taggers.