There’s an old expression that says “a picture paints a thousand words,” but when it comes to graffiti, Bernalillo County is doing everything it can to “stop the presses.” The county funds a highly effective and popular graffiti removal program. Experts say graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism and that it can destroy neighborhoods.
When an area is repeatedly hit by graffiti, citizens often feel the area is dangerous and serves as a welcome mat to more serious crime. Last year, there were 2,870 graffiti field calls and 17,577 staff-identified graffiti markings that were cleaned up. The graffiti cleanup crew responds to calls every day of the week--usually within six hours after a call comes in. To report graffiti in Bernalillo County, call 24-ERASE (243-7273).