Graffiti is a social problem in a lot of our towns and
neighborhoods. People like to vandalize and think they are just
being funny. But after awhile it starts to make the town look like
Graffiti is a social problem in a lot of our towns and neighborhoods. People like to vandalize and think they are just being funny. But after awhile it starts to make the town look like a dump. It makes us look like we do not have pride in our town and neighborhoods. It also makes property values go down because people are afraid to move in certain neighborhoods. Graffiti also creates violence between gangs and police officers.
Our town does not have and unlimited supply of paint to cover up the graffiti. People have to start reporting the graffiti if they see someone doing this. In Gilroy there is a 24-hour recording line for reporting graffiti: 846-0395. When you report the graffiti, it is important to have the exact physical address or location with a cross street and the type of surface that has graffiti on it.
Gilroy police are trying to assist the citizens so we need to speak up and notify them.
There is an anti-graffiti program that will notify private property owners requesting that they correct the problem with their property The grace period is 48 hours after receipt of the notification. Phone numbers for citizen assistance may be provided. Complaints that are on public property are dispatched to the Community Services Department at 846-0460 and are taken in the order they are received. All other property will be dispatched to the appropriate agency for removal.
The recycled paint for abatement on private property is available for the asking along with an informational brochure on graffiti. The one-gallon paint containers and paint brushes are available to “Wipe Out Watch” volunteers, residents and businesses
Graffiti will not fix itself. So do not just drive past it or walk past it every day. Notify some one and get it taken care of. Some one from the Gilroy PD will be happy to assist you in this problem.
Scott Castruita, Gilroy