Graffiti Prevention

The most effective way to prevent graffiti is to remove it promptly. While this may be difficult, studies show that removal within 24 to 48 hours results in a nearly zero rate of reoccurrence. Consistent enforcement of local ordinances with strict penalties for graffiti vandalism is also effective. In Riverside, residents can report graffiti by dialing 311 from a local phone.

youth involved in gang activity Why does graffiti appear?
Graffiti is done for a variety of reasons. Vandals may be rebelling against authority or seeking fame and recognition through graffiti. Gangs use graffiti to establish territory. Graffiti may also be done as a result of peer pressure or by vandals who falsely believe that graffiti is art.

Education, Eradication and Enforcement

Educate: Educate youth about the personal and community impacts of graffiti vandalism. Read More...

Eradicate: Report graffiti on public surfaces promptly for removal by calling 3-1-1. Remove graffiti on private property quickly. Read More...

Enforce: Report graffiti crimes in progress by calling 9-1-1. Information that leads to an arrest can lead to a $1,000 reward. Read More...

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Graffiti Clean-up Request
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From Outside Riverside
Call 951.826.5311

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General Information
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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