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Types of Graffiti

TAGGER-tags, monikers, murals, more ornate

GANGS-intimidate, mark turf or send messages/terrritorial rather than regional, leads to violence and usually involves multiple symbols

SNIPE-advertisement type graffiti such as signs or posters without permission

HATE- racial, religious, or cultural slurs

GENERIC OR CONVENTIONAL GRAFFITI-includes random markings

Graffiti lingo

TAG-a stylized signature usually simple and one color

THROW UP-a more elaborate tag normally using more than one color, but it takes much less time than a piece

PIECES-short for masterpieces, these are large, detailed drawings, sometimes in 3-D or other special effects

BOMBING-to hit many different surfaces with graffiti vandalism

CREW-a group of graffiti vandals

SLASH-to put a line through or graffiti over someone else’s graffiti

BURNER-a very large, elaborate, detailed piece of graffiti

BUFFING-to remove graffiti by chemical or other methods

Tips to help prevent graffiti vandalism

  • Keep your property well maintained
  • Keep your property well-lit; vandals fear light
  • Eliminate reasons for loitering such as benches, pay phones, etc.
  • Plant bushes or fences in areas to impede access to buildings
  • Install security cameras and motion sensor lighting
  • Limit access to roofs
  • Report suspicious activity and encourage neighbors to do the same
  • Take pictures or video of all graffiti attacks

Don’t discount graffiti vandalism as a harmless prank. It is a crime, so treat it as one and report it to the police. If someone is caught, follow through with arrest and prosecute!

Be proactive! You are responsible for your property and its upkeep.

Organize neighborhood watch groups.

Types of Graffiti

TAGGER-tags, monikers, murals, more ornate

GANGS-intimidate, mark turf or send messages/terrritorial rather than regional, leads to violence and usually involves multiple symbols

SNIPE-advertisement type graffiti such as signs or posters without permission

HATE- racial, religious, or cultural slurs

GENERIC OR CONVENTIONAL GRAFFITI-includes random markings

Graffiti lingo

TAG-a stylized signature usually simple and one color

THROW UP-a more elaborate tag normally using more than one color, but it takes much less time than a piece

PIECES-short for masterpieces, these are large, detailed drawings, sometimes in 3-D or other special effects

BOMBING-to hit many different surfaces with graffiti vandalism

CREW-a group of graffiti vandals

SLASH-to put a line through or graffiti over someone else’s graffiti

BURNER-a very large, elaborate, detailed piece of graffiti

BUFFING-to remove graffiti by chemical or other methods

Tips to help prevent graffiti vandalism

  • Keep your property well maintained
  • Keep your property well-lit; vandals fear light
  • Eliminate reasons for loitering such as benches, pay phones, etc.
  • Plant bushes or fences in areas to impede access to buildings
  • Install security cameras and motion sensor lighting
  • Limit access to roofs
  • Report suspicious activity and encourage neighbors to do the same
  • Take pictures or video of all graffiti attacks

Don’t discount graffiti vandalism as a harmless prank. It is a crime, so treat it as one and report it to the police. If someone is caught, follow through with arrest and prosecute!

Be proactive! You are responsible for your property and its upkeep.

Organize neighborhood watch groups.

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