Did you know
Fines for applying graffiti are up to $5,000.
Graffiti is a crime.
To report graffiti in progress call 9-1-1.
Graffiti Busters: Calgary’s fight against graffiti - what are we doing about it? Graffiti costs Calgarians millions of dollars annually. Graffiti hurts everyone. Graffiti suggests a lack of caring. Graffiti breeds other crimes and increases safety issues. Graffiti is a crime. Graffiti is not cool. Graffiti-free communities are more prosperous. Graffiti that is removed instantly has less chance of reoccurring. What is the Montgomery BRZ doing to promote "ZERO TOLERANCE"?
Montgomery's fight against graffiti - what are we doing about it? We are winning Montgomery - thanks to all of our business members and community volunteers, we are "ZERO TOLERANCE"!
Graffiti costs Calgarians millions of dollars annually. Graffiti hurts everyone. Graffiti suggests a lack of caring. Graffiti breeds other crimes and increases safety issues. Graffiti is a crime. Graffiti is not cool. Graffiti-free communities are more prosperous. Graffiti that is removed instantly has less chance of reoccurring.
The City of Calgary has been diligent at educating taxpayers about the advantages of keeping our communities graffiti-free. Now, thanks to their ongoing support, the Montgomery BRZ is able to launch GRAFFITI BUSTERS ZERO TOLERANCE campaign. The launch of GRAFFITI BUSTERS ZERO TOLERANCE is a proud statement that we care about keeping our community clean and safe, and take pride in making this community the best it can be. Montgomery can be a poster community in the City’s fight against graffiti.
DID YOU KNOW?
Leaving graffiti will attract other graffiti vandals to the same location. If a property appears unkempt or uncared for, it will attract further criminal activities. Immediate removal of graffiti is a key to successful graffiti vandalism prevention. Studies show that removal within 24 to 48 hours results in a nearly zero rate of reoccurrence.
New York City’s Zero Tolerance Combat The New York City subway is synonymous with NYC: the first subway was a 312-foot tunnel under lower Broadway that ran from 1870 - 1873. Today, the system is the main form of transportation at 842 miles (1,355 km) including non-revenue trackage. In 2010, the subway delivered over 1.6 billion rides, averaging over five million on weekdays, three million on Saturdays, and two million on Sundays. However, in 1975 New York City’s subway trains were breaking down routinely - there wasn’t enough money for maintenance. The entire system began to look ragged and worn, creating a sense that it was dying and nobody cared.Graffiti exploded. Crews formed to “bomb” the trains as they sat unprotected in the yards overnight. Operators arrived for work in the mornings to find their trains covered from front to back with graffiti. The interiors were just as susceptible to tags - not so much elaborate “bombings” like the exteriors, but the doors, windows and walls were randomly tagged during the day.As crime in general in NYC was rising, graffiti added to the sense of disorder and anarchy that encouraged other crimes, contributing to the City’s demise. By the end of the decade, the number of felonies recorded daily in the New York City subway made it the most dangerous mass transit system in the country. Read More...
FROM THE CITY OF CALGARY
Under the Community Standards Bylaw, property owners have 14 days to remove graffiti from their property. The City of Calgary defines graffiti as words, figures, letters, drawings or stickers applied, scribbled, scratched, etched, sprayed or attached on or to a surface. Graffiti is vandalism and therefore a crime that affects the health and safety of our communities. We strongly encourage property owners to remove the graffiti themselves as soon as possible to discourage other graffiti from appearing. The sooner you can remove graffiti the less chance of additional graffiti occurring.
Owners can either paint over the graffiti or there are a number of removal products available for purchase from paint suppliers and retailers, or you can hire a contractor. If you are not able to remove the graffiti yourself, you can request assistance from the City’s Corporate Coordinated Graffiti Abatement Program (CCGAP). Property owners must sign a waiver authorizing city employees, contractors and/or agents to enter upon the premises and perform graffiti removal services. The graffiti removal services are free of charge to the property owner. However, the City reserves the right to decline to provide services in certain circumstances. If a City contractor is not able to remove the graffiti due to the extent, nature of the location and/or building material, the owner is responsible for ensuring its removal through other means. The City cannot provide a time frame for removal of graffiti. If you wish to participate in The City of Calgary’s Corporate Coordinated Graffiti Abatement Program, written permission must be obtained in the form of a waiver from the property owner or authorized representative.
Please sign the waiver and return it to the City at the mailing address listed below. It is also recommended that you fax or e-mail the form to help expedite the process.CONTACT:
Corporate Coordinated Graffiti Abatement Program
Laura Shott, The City of Calgary Animal Bylaw Services
Fax: (403) 268-4927
E-mail: Scan completed permission slip with signature to PGAP@calgary.ca
For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Shott at (403) 268-1880.
Montgomery is cool and hip - graffiti is NOT. Over the next several weeks the Montgomery BRZ with the support of The City of Calgary will be working hard to clean up graffiti in our Zone through our new program, GRAFFITI BUSTERS. If you are a property owner and unable to clean up graffiti yourself, please complete and return this waiver letter (click here for waiver). This will enable the City to remove graffiti if you have been tagged through their complimentary graffiti abatement services.
GRAFFITI BUSTERS, brought to you by the Montgomery BRZ with support from the City of Calgary is tackling the graffiti problem in our community over the months ahead - and we need your help!
Graffiti is vandalism and therefore a crime that affects the health and safety of the communities throughout our City. The City of Calgary defines graffiti as words, figures, letters, drawings or stickers applied, scribbled, scratched, etched, sprayed or attached on or to a surface.
The effects of graffiti are felt by everyone.Graffiti ruins the natural and architectural beauty of a city. It is often profane, obscene and offensive, and individuals and groups are hurt by discriminatory or hateful messages. Graffiti decreases the City's attractiveness as a place to visit, conduct business and invest in.
The Montgomery BRZ is working hard to ensure that the majority of graffiti is removed over the coming months.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. Report it! If you are a victim of graffiti or want to report graffiti, Call 311 to report graffiti. Record the location, type of property and if possible, take a photo. You will be provided with a case or "SR" number. Email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with the "SR" number.
To report graffiti in progress, call 9-1-1.
2. After you report it remove it! Statistics show that if graffiti is removed within 24 hours the chances of it re-occuring are greatly reduced.
3. Encourage your employees and neighbours, other BRZ members, to participate. Collective community participation will lend a huge helping hand. Email them a link to this page!
4. Stay tuned for more on GRAFFITI BUSTERS - coming soon! Questions or concerns?
Please contact us at the Montgomery BRZ at
403-288-8885 or email us here.
Visit The City of Calgary Police Services Graffiti Free Calgary at www.graffitifreecalgary.ca for additional info.