Fighting Graffiti: Finding and Punishing Vandals

The best way to deal with graffiti is to keep it from happening in the first place. The City is working on several fronts, including:

Consequences: Anyone convicted of “tagging” faces misdemeanor charges and may go to prison or face fines, depending on the extent of the property damage. For example, $400 worth of property damage could get you a $1000 fine; if damages are more than $10,000, you could get a fine of up to $50,000 and go to prison.

If someone less than 18 years old is found to have spray paint or etching creams, they may also be ordered to do 100-300 hours of community service.