For years we have placed
general information here about stopping graffiti and what works
and does not work.
We also placed a lot of general education
information here, all of this in an attempt to help cities and
individuals to combat graffiti vandalism. We still maintain that
page which you can access here, but after over 20 years
of providing this information and reading every news story on
graffiti that gets posted on a daily basis, we had to step back
and really ask ourselves this question......
"Are Cities really serious
about stopping graffiti"
Here is the bottom line, we now know exactly what works to
stop graffiti vandalism, it has been proven to work, it is not
expensive, it is easy to setup, and it can be operated fully by
volunteers. Yet cities are not using it, why? Well that is the
question we continue to ask. Why do we here at Nograf keep
providing the information that so far has cost us over $100,000
over the years and we operate in the red every year just so we
can keep providing this information? But when we can show a city
the tool that will nearly eliminate their graffiti problem, do
they even ask what or how? NO!
Are cities afraid that if they stop graffiti, they will loose
money that they get to fund removal teams and their programs?
Unknown! But the evidence is showing that cities are NOT serious
about wanting to stop graffiti in their communities. They are
happy to keep using taxpayer dollars to fund paint out and
removal people, but seem to have zero interest in stopping it
Removal companies do not want graffiti to stop, if it did,
there would be no city contracts using taxpayer funds to keep
them in business, but why would a city not want to save
taxpayers? once again, it is Unknown!
I am starting to believe that we may be wasting our time here
trying to help these cities, because we have the answer they
need to stop it. Graffiti paint outs and removal are good, but
they do NOTHING to actually stop graffiti, if you spend $100,000
this year to remove it, you will spend it again next year and
the next and the next, it does not go away. Taxpayers never get
a break because cities are not really serious about saving those
taxpayer dollars. This comment might anger a few people who work
in these cities, but what have we got to loose? Maybe some local
citizens can start talking and help change the minds of these
Now I am really going to shock everyone and actually tell you
what program actually works to stop graffiti, if you use it, it
will work, simple as that...
The cameras, if used, are guaranteed to catch vandals in the act,
notify you via your cell phone within 30 seconds and provides you text
and photos of the crime in progress. This allows you and your police
agency to respond and take the offenders into custody. Every vandal you
identify and take off the street, is money saved from not having to
clean their graffiti. You also get the vandals into the court system
when some control can be applied to them, if the vandals are minors,
then parents can share in the fines for clean up of their Childs
graffiti. Yes it is true that some vandals hit the courts several times,
most will stop when caught and identified, but by keeping up the heat
and working graffiti with the covert cameras, eventually you will make
an impact on that hard nosed vandal. Whatever the time frame, make them
pay for the clean up cost. These cameras are not like others that just
broadcast a voice to scare a vandal away to do graffiti in another
location, these cameras notify you within 30 seconds to your cell phone.
Grip Database, you should be tracking all graffiti cases, documenting
the number of cases caused by these vandals and when you catch one, you
query the database and you then prosecute the identified vandal on all
the cases with his moniker. The more agencies that use this, the better it is
as you can find out if a vandal that has hit your area, has hit
adjoining areas or even if that vandal has already been identified by
another agency. The Grip database is worldwide, all agencies can view
all the cities and this allows tracking vandals across city, state and
even country boundaries.
There, that is the whole secret in one simple paragraph, it
is just so easy and best yet, has been proven to actually work
when EVERY other camera and database system has failed.
So there it is.... Lets see how many cities really want to
stop graffiti in their city and take the next step and contact
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Strategies, to successfully help cities and towns drastically reduce