Graffiti is a chronic, metro-area-wide problem, and segments of Lakewood have seen a recent surge in this crime.
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The first step Lakewood residents should take is to report graffiti:
- If you see offenders in the process of painting graffiti, call the Lakewood Police Department by dialing 911.
- Report suspicious subjects in your neighborhood. Police contact with suspicious subjects is a good way to identify possible suspects.
- Use the City's online form to report graffiti that ALREADY exists.
- You can also phone in a report by calling 303-987-7111.
Lakewood Municipal Court operates the City's graffiti removal program for public areas, such as sidewalks, poles, signs, utility boxes and park structures. The program uses defendants sentenced in Municipal Court to clean and paint over graffiti in public areas. Citizens who see graffiti on public or private property are encouraged to call 303-987-7111 or use the online report form.
A Lakewood ordinance requires private property owners to remove graffiti within five days after receiving a written notice from the City.
There is no simple solution to ending graffiti, but there are some proven strategies that help reduce reoccurrence, including:
Removing it immediately whenever possible. This sends a clear message of intolerance, robbing offenders of the opportunity to brag about their work or to claim territory. Studies show that removal within 24 to 48 hours results in lower rates of reoccurrence.
Methods for removing graffiti vary depending on the surface and material used. Property owners should consult with a graffiti removal specialist for the best way to remove graffiti. Paint department staff in home improvement stores usually can provide good information. Methods include: