Graffiti is a crime that generally occurs when vandals deface properties for destructive purposes, hate crimes or to indicate drug and gang activity. Other misguided individuals vandalize properties to showcase their tags and "pieces" on your homes, businesses, vehicles, etc. The results of which are a nuisance to property owners, many of whom are unable to afford the repeated clean up costs. Graffiti also contributes to the perception of blight, discourages economic development and lowers property values in the affected areas. Every year throughout the United States, billions of dollars are spent by municipalities, businesses and property owners in the fight against graffiti vandalism.
In Philadelphia, The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services Graffiti Abatement Team (GAT) is the lead agency responsible for eradicating and containing the spread of graffiti. The program has developed into a rapid response unit that can remove most graffiti hits within 4-5 business days, weather conditions permitting. In the last ten years, GAT has removed graffiti from over one million properties and street fixtures in Philadelphia. This is a free service available to all residents in the city.
HOW TO REPORT GRAFFITI VANDALISM:
Graffiti Removal Request Form
List of all Anti-Graffiti Agencies
Frequently Asked Questions
Mural Arts Program
- Call 311 and speak with an operator (if calling 311
by cell phone or from outside the city, please call (215) 686-8686)
- Submit an online request here
Click here for a graph showing properties and street fixtures cleaned by GAT.