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You Can Take a Stand to Prevent Graffiti and Vandalism

  • Educate the public, especially young people, about the costs of vandalism
  • Clean up vandalism as soon as it happens – replace signs, repair playground equipment, paint over graffiti
  • If you see anyone committing vandalism, report it to the police, school authorities, or someone who can take action. Remember, vandalism is a crime
  • Protect your house or apartment from vandalism by using good lighting, locking gates and garages
  • Support recreational programs for young people in your community
  • Volunteer your time, donate money or supplies, and help in any way you can
  • Involve young people in all vandalism prevention efforts
  • Organize a graffiti clean-up project in your neighborhood. Work with Neighborhood Watch and ask the city or a local business for cleaning supplies and paint
  • Work with schools or the arts community to paint murals on areas that are vulnerable to graffiti. Make it a contest for teens
  • Adopt a street or park, perhaps in cooperation with a church or business. Plant trees, bushes and flowers. Repair equipment and install trash containers
  • Organize a monthly park patrol to clean up litter and keep an eye on things
  • Utilize the hotline to report vandalism
  • Have a community meeting on vandalism to discuss its victims, costs and solutions

For more information, visit or call the LAPD Community Relations Office in your neighborhood.

Additional Resources

City of Los Angeles, Office of Community Beautification Overview
The Office of Community Beautification (OCB) serves as a resource for community improvement programs throughout Los Angeles. OCB programs are designed to empower neighborhoods and community groups. By utilizing OCB services, participants improve their environment while building partnerships with the City of Los Angeles.

Graffiti Removal Forms
Click here to access the On-line Graffiti Removal Service Request Form