The visual appearance of our community could literally change overnight. Between dusk and dawn on any given day a neighborhood, business, or residence could undergo a transformation which, if no immediate action is taken, can ultimately have a profound impact on our entire community.
The agent of change is… Graffiti, and it is on the increase.
What is Graffiti?
Graffiti is not a victimless crime, nor is it a form of art. Graffiti is the deliberate defacing of public and private property without the owner’s permission.
- Graffiti hurts every child, parent, business owner and taxpayer.
- Merchants lose business because customers feel the neighborhood is no longer safe.
- Graffiti vandals are at an increased risk of becoming involved in shoplifting or other criminal activities.
- When left untouched, graffiti sends the wrong message…we are no longer in control…we can not keep order in our community.
- Graffiti that is tolerated invites more of the same.
What can you do?
- Remove graffiti immediately from your property.
- Keep your property well lit, clean, and landscaped.
- Plant shrubs with prickly or thorny foliage near walls and fences.
- Join and/or organize a neighborhood watch.
- Discuss respecting public and private property with your children.
- Encourage merchants and neighborhood associations to contribute to the graffiti paint bank.
- Report all graffiti to the Albany Police Department at 431-3288 or to Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful at 302-3098.