|24 Hour Graffiti Hotline: (818) 898-7315|
How do I report graffiti and tagging?
You can report graffiti by calling the Graffiti Hotline (818) 898-7315 which is available 24 hours a day or by email. Please provide us the exact location of the graffiti, approximately when it was noticed, how long it has been there and other details. All information received is completely anonymous.
How do I report a tagger if I see him or her in the process of defacing property?
If you observe someone in the process of tagging, you can contact 911 to report taggers in the act, not to report the graffiti itself. Do not try to approach or apprehend the person; provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible, description of the person or persons involved, a vehicle license plate if possible, and your exact location.
What if the tagger leaves before he or she is detained by the police?
Again, call Police Dispatch 911. This allows police to record the criminal activity, obtain the direction of travel of the person leaving, get their accurate description, and possibly develop suspects in this or other similar cases.
I know of someone who has defaced property. Who do I call?
Call our graffiti hotline at (818) 898-7315. Try to provide as much information as possible, such as car license plate, description of the person or persons involved, where they live (if it is known), and a description of the person's tag or moniker, if that is known. Callers may remain anonymous.
What is the penalty if a tagger is caught defacing property?
When a tagger is apprehended, they face fees of up to $1000. Parents of minors who are caught defacing property are responsible for paying the fees. In addition to administrative fees, taggers are subject to criminal prosecution which could include fines and or jail.
How long does it take to remove graffiti?
Once graffiti or tagging is observed by City Staff or called in by residents, property owners are notified of the situation by the Code Enforcement office. If the graffiti is on public property, City Crews will remove the graffiti within 72 hours. If on private property, the property owner has 72 hours to remove the graffiti. If after 72 hours the property owner has not complied with the City Ordinance, a citation will be issued.
I want to take a stand against graffiti. What can I do?
You can attend one of the many ongoing Neighborhood Watch meetings for information on how you can be involved. To learn about a Neighborhood Watch meeting near you or to start a new one, call the San Fernando Police Department at (818) 898-1267 and ask to speak to the Watch Commander.
What else can I do to stop this problem?
Are you a parent? Do you know where your kids are and what they are doing? Be aware of your kid's activities, particularly in the early morning hours. Be aware if your child begins using tagging monikers or nicknames. Notice if they are writing graffiti type lettering on walls, clothing or notebooks. If your kids are minors and are caught tagging, or in possession of tagging tools, you will be responsible for any citation issued, as well as any corrective action to have the property cleaned up. Take concern in your children's lives, it will make a difference in yours!