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Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition Southern Nevada United Against Graffiti Vandalism

The Quarterly Publication of Southern Nevada’s Only Official Public Graffiti Fighting Alliance

Spring 2012

GRAFFITI FREE LAS VEGAS The Las Vegas Graffiti Initiative The City of Las Vegas in partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is planning a new, multi-pronged plan of action to combat our communities most costly property crime: graffiti vandalism. The mission statement of the Graffiti Free Las Vegas initiative is “to dramatically reduce graffiti vandalism in Las Vegas through documentation, abatement, enforcement and prevention.” By utilizing these elements Las Vegas and LVMPD officials will partner with local citizens and businesses to take an “all of the above approach” in combating graffiti vandalism in our community. The concept of the Graffiti Free Las Vegas initiative is simple. Available resources will be efficiently utilized to target our most graffiti ridden neighborhoods. The graffiti will be documented and used to arrest graffiti vandals and aid in criminal prosecutions. The graffiti will be abated by Las Vegas Rapid Response personnel and crews from the LVMPD Graffiti Abatement and Investigation Program. Steps will then be taken to provide neighborhoods with the tools they need to maintain their neighborhoods. Educational information will be provided to Las Vegas children so they will understand the seriousness of graffiti related crimes and local businesses will learn how to prevent graffiti through compliance with local anti-graffiti ordinances. The Graffiti Free Las Vegas initiative will set the standard for a united community approach to fighting graffiti vandalism. In the coming months Las Vegas residents will see the progress of this effort in improved neighborhood pride, increased awareness about graffiti, and a safer and more beautiful Las Vegas.

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The Nevada Energy Graffiti Hotline A prime target of graffiti vandals is utility boxes and poles. This is because utility boxes and poles are prevalent throughout our community and are located in every neighborhood. They are viewed as ready-made canvases by graffiti vandals. In response to this fact Nevada Energy has established a graffiti hotline. Citizens and businesses are invited and encouraged to call the NV Energy graffiti hotline and report graffiti vandalism to NV Energy power boxes and poles. It is important for neighborhoods to maintain a graffiti free environment if they want to manage crime in their area and protect their property values.

CAUTION: Do not attempt to repair or repaint utility boxes or equipment yourself!

To report graffiti to an NV Energy power box or pole call the NV Energy Graffiti Hotline at


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GRAFFITI GUIDE To Report a Graffiti Vandal in Progress: Call 911. Do not approach the vandal. Be a good witness for responding officers. Assist the officers with information if/when requested once the vandal is in custody.

To Request Graffiti Removal on Public Property: Call the Southern Nevada Graffiti Hotline at 455-4509.

For Graffiti Removal on Non-Public Property: For graffiti on utility boxes you can contact the company which owns the box. For your safety do not attempt to remove graffiti from these boxes yourself. Graffiti removal on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. If an arrest is made the owner may receive full restitution as ordered by the court. If the graffiti is on property managed by a home owner's association the HOA is responsible for removal of the graffiti. The HOA must also make the police report.

To Receive Free Graffiti Removal Supplies for your Neighborhood: Contact the county or city where you reside. Often these supplies can be provided if you and your neighbors are able and willing to remove graffiti in your neighborhood.

To Have a Police Report made: Stop by your nearest police station. You must own the property to complete a police report. When a report is made a detective will be assigned the case for investigation.

To Report a Known Graffiti Vandal: Contact your local police department. To remain anonymous you can call or submit a tip online to CRIME STOPPERS at (702) 385-5555 or Tips leading to a felony arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash award.

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The LVMPD GRAFFITI ABATEMENT & INVESTIGATION PROGRAM Under the direct supervision of LVMPD Detention Services Division officers inmates housed at the Clark County Detention Center have continued to removed graffiti throughout Southern Nevada. Each month hundreds of locations in our community are repaired by the abatement crews. This is an efficient and cost effective means of containing graffiti proliferation in the Las Vegas area.

The LVMPD GRAFFITI ABATEMENT & INVESTIGATION PROGRAM has become a valuable asset in Southern Nevada’s fight against graffiti

“Broken Windows Theory” Pioneer Dies On March 22nd 2012 James Q. Wilson died. Mr. Wilson was a university professor, authority on public administration and co-author of the 1982 article which introduced the “Broken Windows Theory.” The Broken Windows Theory is a concept that states in general that addressing common problems, such as graffiti vandalism, will ultimately result in reduced overall crime and improved quality of life within a community. The Broken Windows Theory proved successful in Boston and New York in the 1980’s and 1990’s and is credited with dramatically reducing crime in those cities. It has been implemented for the past 20 years in Southern Nevada in the form of “community oriented policing.” Mr. Wilson's pioneering work has left an indelible mark on law enforcement and public administration in America.

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Neighborhood Murals: Are they a good thing? In recent months several new neighborhood murals have gone up throughout the Las Vegas area. In some cases the neighborhood residents have embraced these murals. However in other cases the murals have resulted in outrage and protests by the home owners who reside in the area. In one recent case a large mural was legally placed at E. Flamingo Rd. and Annie Oakley. This mural resulted in residents who reside on both sides of the street contacting the police and other public agencies to complain. Local news stations were also contacted and ran stories about the outcry that the mural caused. The residents stated that the mural made the neighborhood look like “a ghetto” and would result increased crime and reduced property values. As a result of this outcry the mural was removed and the wall was restored to it’s original condition. Murals, or “legal walls” as graffiti vandals call them can have a positive impact on a neighborhood, but only so long as the neighborhood agrees to maintain it. It must also be understood that legal murals will not reduce illegal graffiti vandalism. This is because graffiti vandals have no interest in legal pieces of art. Their interests are in the defacement of property, not creating art.

Flamingo & Annie Oakley

The Restored Wall

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GRAFFITI FACT: Las Vegas is a Graffiti Destination Las Vegas is one of the busiest tourists destinations in the world. It is also a destination that is frequented by graffiti vandals who reside in other states and countries. It is well known that the tourist corridors of the Las Vegas Strip and the Fremont Street Experience are targeting by local graffiti vandals. But many people do not realize that graffiti vandals who do not reside here also target these areas. This is because Las Vegas is a famous location in which vandals can place their graffiti and photograph it as a trophy. Many graffiti vandals desire to place their graffiti in various locations other than their hometown. This gives them increased credibility in the graffiti world.

Some graffiti vandals tag across America and the world in an effort to gain status, or “fame� in the graffiti world.

The Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition is on:

Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition Det. Scott Black (LVMPD), Director

Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition Spring 2012 Newsletter  

Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition Spring 2012 Newsletter

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