Graffiti â€“ Info from Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful:
Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful says this (on their websiteÂ www.krcb.com) about reporting graffiti:
With all that Riverside is doing to prevent and clean up graffiti, you may be wondering, â€œWhat can I do?â€Â (The City of Riverside spends over $1 million annually.)
The answer isÂ REPORT, REPORT, and REPORT.Â Dial 3-1-1 from a Riverside home phone or (951) 826-5311 from cell phones to report graffiti. If you are witnessing graffiti crime in progress calls 9-1-1. For more information about graffiti and how it hurts our community please visitÂ www.graffitihurts.org.”
The operator at the 3-1-1 (826-5311) phone number will ask these questions:
1.Â Â Â Â Address and where the graffiti is located on the property.2.Â Â Â Â What kind of surface is the graffiti is painted on? (I.e. Block wall, wooden fence, stucco)3.Â Â Â Â What color is the graffiti?4.Â Â Â Â Is the graffiti legible?Â If so, what does it say or what letters/numbersÂ are legible?
Also, there is an “app” you can get for your I-phone, android, smart phone, etc. That will send a photo and your information to the 3-1-1 call center.Â They prefer that you let city crews come photograph the graffiti, but if you take a digital photo of it you can e-mail it to the 3-1-1 call center too.
The city crews respond as quickly as they can because graffiti is not “art” it is “a crime, punishable by law.”
Nearly all information on the Internet about graffiti prevention says that the graffiti should be removed or painted-over soon, if it is left visible it may attract more graffiti.
Graffiti-Prevention information is available at Keep Riverside Clean and BeautifulÂ www.krcb.com.
If you are a victim of graffiti,Â please report it; if you see someone in the process of committing this crime call 9-1-1, it may be dangerous to confront the person on your own, as it is often a gang-related crime.