Taggers/Graffiti Vandalism

How to Spot a “Tagger” (Graffiti artist)

  • Paint or marker pen dye stains on hands, under the fingernails, or on clothes.
  • Bulky jacket, pull-over or sip-up with a hood helps conceal spray cans and markers.
  • Blood-shot eyes from being out all night tagging and being exposed to dangerous toxic fumes from the markers and paint.
  • Tag names might be written on the underside of the bill of a sports cap, visor, or on notebooks and other possessions.
  • A backpack to hide spray cans.
  • Baggy clothes with deep pockets to hide spray cans.

Graffiti Vandalism

Graffiti is more than an unsightly nuisance; it can lead to further vandalism, acts of violence and a decrease in property values.  It is very important to remove graffiti as soon as possible.  His sends a message that graffiti will not be tolerated and it breaks the communication chain.  Graffiti, whether on public or private property, should be report as soon as it’s discovered.

The city and the community need to work together to combat graffiti.  All residents, visitors and persons owning businesses or working in Belen can help keep graffiti to a minimum by reporting graffiti immediately.  In return, the city will work with the community to remove it at no cost.