Graffiti Prevention for Your Business

Graffiti hurts your business by reducing retail sales, declining property values and scaring customers away. Customers feel less safe entering a storefront where graffiti is present.

What to do when your business is vandalized:

Report: Call 9-1-1 to report graffiti in progress. To report existing graffiti on public property, call 3-1-1. Read More...

Document: Take a picture of the graffiti before it is removed. Photographs will assist law enforcement in their investigation.

Remove: Remove graffiti promptly and completely.

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Prevention Strategies

There are strategies businesses can use to reduce or eliminate graffiti on their property.

Maintain the appearance of your business

  • Eliminate littered parking lots, graffiti, broken fences, overgrown landscaping and poor lighting.

Remove graffiti promptly

  • Remove graffiti from your business as soon as possible.

Graffiti-proof your business

  • Incorporate shrubs, thorny plants, and vines to restrict vandal access.
  • Use fences, controlled entrance and exits, rails, and other barriers.
  • Move dumpsters away from walls and cover drainpipes to prevent roof access.
  • Plant vegetation against solid surfaces.
  • Use highly-textured or uneven materials for solid surfaces.
  • Limit the amount of solid surface by using mesh, grilles or lattice.
  • Install some type of security camera.
  • Add or improve lighting around the building to promote natural surveillance.
  • Organize a “Business Watch” with nearby merchants to keep tabs on a business area.
  • Employ graffiti resistant materials or coatings on a chronically hit wall.

Involve the community

  • Ask a community group or professional artist to apply a mural to your premises.
  • Print graffiti prevention messages on bags, sales flyers, tray liners, book covers, calendars, and other
    promotional items.
  • Work with other merchants to organize and contribute to a “paint bank..” Paints, rollers, brushes, and other equipment from the bank are “borrowed” as needed. Ensure safe and environmentally appropriate storage
    of paint.

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Don’t allow a “legal wall”, or an area that permits graffiti, at your business; they are largely ineffective and may draw more graffiti vandals to the area.

Refrain from using graffiti images in ads or promoting graffiti in any way.

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3900 Main St. 4th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 351-6128

Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5:30pm
Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays*
* Graffiti Removal Crews work 7 days per week
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