May 21, 2008 > City Of Hayward Approves New Stop Graffiti Program
City Of Hayward Approves New Stop Graffiti Program
By Jennifer Falcon
The Hayward City Council approved a new Stop Graffiti Reward Program to combat the cities on going fight against the vandalism.
In 2007 the City of Hayward has spent $350,000 for the removal and graffiti enforcement. The money was used to remove over 1,700 "tags" from city property such as sound walls and light poles. Graffiti devalues property, and can be damaging to businesses because it gives one the perception that the property may be unsafe.
The City also has a one time graffiti removal program in which 300 tags were painted over for private property owners.
The Hayward Police Department estimated that 30%-50% of graffiti is gang related, while the rest is done by graffiti "artists" who call themselves taggers ,using someone else's private property as a canvas for their graffiti art. The new program will offer a $500 reward to anyone who helps convict a tagger. Graffiti devalues property, and can be damaging to businesses because it gives one the perception that the property may be unsafe.
Several Council Members as well as Mayor Sweeney noted that they felt the current City Ordinance be tightened which included ideas such as holding parents of convicted minors more accountable, restricting access to spray paint cans in home improvement stores as well as making the person who committed to crime clean it up.
The reward will come from a $5,000 fund set up by the city working along side Alameda County Courts using fines and liens from convicted offenders and or the offender's legal guardians. Signs promoting the reward will be posted in willing businesses and well as permanent posting on the local cable channel KHRT.
Hayward's Stop Graffiti Hotline (510)-583-5500