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Northeast Times | October 28, 2021

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Wiping Out Graffiti to Champion Great Neighborhoods in Arlington

Wiping Out Graffiti to Champion Great Neighborhoods in Arlington

“Tagging” along takes on a whole new meaning when accompanying Ron McCall, Arlington’s graffiti removal expert. McCall, a Community Services technician, helps keep the city clean by removing graffiti tags as fast as they happen.

Did you know that in the City of Arlington you can have graffiti removed for free? The City offers the complimentary service to property owners, by simply filling out and submitting a Graffiti Consent to Remove formgranting Code Compliance permission to do the graffiti abatement.

Since the Graffiti Abatement Program launched more than 10 years ago, the City has responded to nearly 5,000 reports of graffiti.  About 150 cases of graffiti were abated last fiscal year.“We attribute the success of the program to our partnerships with Arlington residents who swiftly report graffiti,” said Misty Gutierrez, field operations manager with Code Compliance. “Typically, once a report is received, the graffiti is abated within twenty four to forty eight hours.”

In 2011, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation granted $13,000 in support of the program for necessary equipment with the goal of helping reduce vandalism and other criminal activity associated with graffiti.

McCall is equipped with tools ranging from special power washing equipment, a multitude of paint colors, and good ‘ole elbow grease to make the graffiti disappear.This program supports the City Council priority to Champion Great Neighborhoods in its effort to wipe out graffiti and make neighborhoods safer.

For more information or to report graffiti, contact the Action Center at 817-459-6777. Report graffiti in progress by calling 911.