what can I do?
If you observe graffiti on your property, or someone else's property, report it.
- If you see the crime in progress, call 911
- Record the location, type of property and if possible, take a photograph. Call 311 to report it. Even easier would be to report graffiti via the 311 App, available for your smart phone, free of charge through Google Play Store or iTunes. This app allows you to take a photo directly with your smart phone and attach it to the service request.
- Remove the graffiti if it is on your property, or with the permission of property owner as quickly as possible. The longer it is left for viewing the more likely other graffiti will appear in the area. See Removal Resources and Links for more information.
Contact the Calgary Police Service Graffiti coordinator at 403-428-8324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more tips to help keep your community clean.
Things to Consider to Prevent Graffiti
Get educated and understand graffiti vandalism, how it impacts your community, and who is responsible for graffiti prevention and clean-up in your area.
Report graffiti to the appropriate authorities. Call 911 for a crime in progress, otherwise call 311, use 311 App or report online using 311 Online Services.
Work with your community to plan an authorized paint-brush mural to cover a wall plagued with graffiti. Contact Calgary Police Service Graffiti Coordinator at email@example.com for more information.
Use the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) methodology to reduce the opportunity for graffiti occurring on your property or in your community. This might include planting trees or other greenery next to a graffiti-plagued wall, installing lighting or cameras, and when considering changes to the design of your environment. Contact your Calgary Police Service Community Resource Officer for assistance.