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Help Stop Graffiti! 
www.polksheriff.org > Stop Graffiti

 

  • Graffiti is illegal, ugly and expensive to remove. 
    • The Polk  County Sheriff's office is committed to ridding our county of graffiti – but we need your help to do it.  
  • Graffiti is a crime that affects us all.
    • It can lower property values, make people feel unsafe, reduce business patronage and encourage other types of crime. Conversely, keeping business premises graffiti-free helps to reinforce a professional image with customers, while keeping our neighbourhoods graffiti-free reinforces pride in our county and helps to maintain feelings of safety and wellbeing.
  • Graffiti vandals have no respect for private or community property and no regard for the negative impacts of their actions.
    • Their aim is to impress their peers and strengthen their reputations by putting their graffiti tags in as many places as  possible.  Graffiti that is left intact attracts more graffiti – and the longer it remains, the greater the gratification for perpetrators. It also suggests a community that does not care or is unable to deal with the problem.
  • How Does Graffiti Hurt?
    • Property Value - According to the National Association of Realtors, properties located in neighborhoods where there is graffiti vandalism lose 15% of their value.
    • Safety - Patrons of buildings, parks, or public facilities where graffiti vandalism has occurred may feel that if graffiti is tolerated, then more serious crimes, such as theft and assault, may also go unchallenged.
    • Clean-Up Cost - According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “an estimated $12 billion a year is spent cleaning up graffiti in the United States.” Additionally, a Public Technology Inc. 2002 survey of communities found that “ Los Angeles County spends about $55 million per year on graffiti removal.”

How you can Help

You can help us stay on top of graffiti and vandalism by taking measures to prevent it and if it does occur, by making sure it is cleaned as quickly as possible.

Contact the PCSO Graffiti Eradication Program at 863-298-6200 from 8 am to 5 pm.  After 5pm you can email us at graffiti@polksheriff.org.

 

GRAFFITI REPORTING

THE MORE ACCURATE INFORMATION WE HAVE, THE FASTER WE CAN GET IT CLEANED

 LOCATION:

    • Address – The address of the building affected or an address closest to the area affected (curbs, stairs, etc)
    • Please include Business name (if applicable) Graffiti at an intersection – Include cross roads and directional cues (NE, SE, SW, NW) also include which corner graffiti is on
    • Utility poles and boxes – include the Company name
    • Phone Booths – include the company name.
    • If you know the owner of the property, please include:
      • Owners name
      • Address with City
      • Phone number
      • Include any other identifying information that will help pin-point the location.
  • YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
    Please include your the following information so we can contact you with any questions. Your information will not be shared:
    • Your Name
    • Address with City
    • Phone number

     How to Describe Graffiti Location

      • Commercial and Residential Buildings:
        • In order to contact the person responsible for a building, we need an exact address and what was graffitied. For example: 1500 Marquette Ave - This building has graffiti on the back by the alley.
      • Street Signs, Stoplights, Litter Containers...etc.
        • Enter either the address of a building behind these objects, or enter the intersection and where the graffiti is located. In all cases, describe what objects have the graffiti. For example: 1780 Chicago Ave - There is graffiti on the litter container in front of this building.

    PHOTOS

  • Photos are instrumental in documenting graffiti and are used as evidence in the event that a tagger is arrested and charged. 
  • Please take photos of the entire tag- not just a small portion of it.
  • Thephotos can be uploaded into the form above.
  • Please make sure your camera is set to LOW RESOLUTION or that you resize the pictures to under 100kb (the system cannot handle large photos)
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