Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

10-01-08 New Graffiti Reporting should mean Quicker Clean Up

10-01-08 New Graffiti Reporting should mean Quicker Clean Up
      Boise, Oct. 1, 2008 - Citizens of Boise today have a new way to report graffiti that should held speed the removal of the vandalism and help officers investigate who did it.
    As of today, October 1st, citizens are urged to report graffiti to a single source - non-emergency police dispatch, 377-6790.
    This new graffiti reporting process is the first step of a new, more efficient graffiti investigation and removal program.
 
    THE GOAL of this new graffiti reporting process is clean up and removal of the graffiti within 72 hours!

    It's been proven that prompt removal of graffiti greatly decreases repeated incidence of graffiti.

 
      What's new?
  • Boise Police and the City of Boise is urging citizens to report graffiti to a single source - non-emergency police dispatch, 377-6790 (NOT the mayors hotline, NOT the BPD web site, NOT the Code Enforcement web site, NOT letters to the police dept., etc)
  • Boise Police dispatchers will send a Community Service Specialist (non-sworn employees specially trained in field report taking, evidence collection, etc.) to take the graffiti report, including photographs.
  • Citizens should report graffiti during daylight hours, since the goal is to respond quickly and gather photographic evidence, which is generally only visible during the day.
  • CSS will immediately contact or attempt to contact property owner. Property owners will be given a brochure (see attached) with information on how to remove graffiti, and the importance of prompt removal.
  • Graffiti reports will be inputted daily into crime analysis data system for immediate access by criminal investigators.
  • New reporting and routing system will allow Boise Police investigators to use new technology, a new searchable crime database within the department, that will allow officers to input one graffiti "tag" into the system and instantly retrieve all reports of similar crimes. 
  • If property owner is not already identified, BPD employees will  do property search to identify the owner, and contact them with information on graffiti removal. If property owner is a public agency (ITD, ACHD, Boise City Parks, etc), an e-mail of graffiti report will be sent immediately to the proper contact for prompt removal. 
      Graffiti Facts:
  • Boise has seen a 300% increase in reported graffiti in the past five years.
  • More than 600 cases of graffiti were reported in Boise in 2007.
  • Graffiti is one of the most commonly complained about crimes in Boise City. Citizens concerned graffiti is evidence of neighborhood deterioration.
  • Removing graffiti quickly is proven to reduce incidence of graffiti. 
      Graffiti Issue in Boise:
 
      The vast majority of the graffiti in Boise is called "Tagging".
 
      Tagging is a signature or symbol used by a tagger or a group of taggers. Tagging is not gang graffiti. Taggers motivation is public exposure, on signs, billboards, buildings, or through the media.