Keeping the Cover on Graffiti

The City sent us an overview of their “Wipe Out Graffiti” program on the email today and asked that we pass it along.

In an earlier post, we mentioned that the City has free paint available to remove graffiti from dumpsters. But what if it’s not on dumpsters? Unless your property is a pale brown, you’re on your own to remove the graffiti. It’s pretty important you remove it, since according to the letter:

Whenever you find graffiti on your property, remove it quickly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a residential property or a business — graffiti must be removed. If you don’t remove it, the City can order you to do the work. If you still don’t remove the graffiti, the City can send out a crew to remove it and charge the cost to your taxes.

Why the concern? They explain:

One of the problems is that graffiti begets graffiti. If graffiti is allowed to remain in a neighbourhood, other “taggers” or graffiti “artists” will add to the mess. The more graffiti they see, the more graffiti they make. It’s important that graffiti be removed from all property as quickly as possible.

and,

It’s believed that graffiti can lead to bigger crimes. That’s why the Regina Police Service is involved with the graffiti problem. They are working hard to apprehend those creating graffiti and have assigned a special detail to the problem.

If you see graffiti on city property, you can call 777-7000 and someone will come out and remove it.

So there you have it. Keep an eye on the back fence and keep some paint handy. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Photo Credits: daquella manera and detritus and on Flickr

Author: Mark

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