Communities spend approximately $8 billion annually removing graffiti. The Cities of Service Graffiti Busters Blueprint outlines strategies for immediate graffiti removal and long-term maintenance.
Graffiti costs communities more than $8 billion a year to clean up. Graffiti has been correlated with increased littering, and it is a common concern that where graffiti is tolerated, serious crimes, such as theft and assault, are a greater risk. When these areas are cleaned up and graffiti is removed, these risks subside.
In order to make Graffiti Busters successful, the mayor’s office must identify city resources to support the initiative. Volunteers conduct assessments to identify the location and type of graffiti to be removed. The mayor’s office encourages property owners in the target area(s) to grant permission for volunteers to come on private property and conduct graffiti cleanup, then teams of volunteers return with the appropriate supplies to clean or cover it.
Executing The Plan
Graffiti Busters includes three main tasks for volunteers: assessing and documenting the extent of the graffiti in a given area, removing each instance of graffiti, and continuing to monitor the area for graffiti. Assessment and removal should occur on a regular – monthly or quarterly – basis to discourage future tagging.
Tracking and reporting metrics are essential for the initiative to demonstrate impact and prove its value to the community. Required metrics include the number of incidents and the estimated square feet of graffiti reported in volunteer assessments, number of incidents and the estimated total square feet of graffiti removed or covered, and number of returning volunteers.