The mission of Graffiti Free Santa Cruz is to maintain the natural beauty of our city by preventing and removing graffiti through community involvement, eradication, education and enforcement.
How to effectively report graffiti:
- Use the 24-hour line to report graffiti on public or private property in the City of Santa Cruz. (If you get involved, it increases the chances of the suspect being caught and successfully prosecuted.)
- When reporting vandalism in progress, give the following information: a description of the person, the location of the crime, what the object is that is being tagged, and the substance being used (paint, markers, stickers, etc.).
- If the graffiti is on public property, City staff will remove it. If the graffiti is on private property, Graffiti Free Santa Cruz will contact the property owner, and can provide assistance in removing the graffiti if needed.
- SCPD takes photos of the graffiti and if a vandal is apprehended, the cases reported in the past year are searched for photos of matching tags. The vandal can be charged with the previous cases in addition to the original case. This can result in stiffer penalties.
- Adopt a spot (big or small) in your neighborhood or place of work and keep it free of graffiti. Graffiti Free Santa Cruz will provide you with the tools and supplies for removing it.