Graffiti Questions & Answers
How do I report graffiti?
Why report graffiti?
Graffiti has a negative effect on communities. Along with lowering neighborhood appeal, decreasing property values and driving away prospective home-buyers, it also attracts criminal activity. Worst of all, gang members use graffiti to promote themselves. Covering up this graffiti takes away this gang tool and improves the overall look of neighborhoods.
What if I see someone in the process of making graffiti?
Whenever you spot a crime in progress, call 911.
What happens after I make a graffiti report?
The graffiti is photographed by Clean City crews, and a complete report is sent to the Minneapolis Police Department for investigation. A letter is then sent to the property owner to inform him or her of the graffiti and offer two options:
- Remove or paint over the graffiti within 7 days, or
- Wait seven days, let the City to remove the graffiti, and then pay the removal costs.
Clean City crews will check the property after seven days to ensure that the graffiti is cleaned. If the graffiti is still present after seven days, the City of Minneapolis will remove the graffiti and bill the property owner.
Last updated Nov. 18, 2011