From: Christine Falvey
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Subject: SF Public Works Crew Nabs Graffiti Vandals
For Immediate Release
Contact: Christine Falvey
Tel: (415) 554-6931
Cell: (415) 713-2181
PUBLIC WORKS CREW NABS SUSPECTED GRAFFITI VANDALS ON STOCKTON STREET. CITY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON GRAFFITI ACTIVITY.
Two men were arrested this morning after allegedly spray-painting graffiti on Stockton Street storefronts and inside the Stockton Street Tunnel. Two workers from the Department of Public Works' (DPW) graffiti abatement crew called police at 4:00 a.m. after witnessing two men spray-painting on Stockton Street storefronts and witnessed fresh graffiti tags inside the tunnel. Two officers responded and took two men from Sacramento and Oakland into custody after the public works crew identified them.
"By observing a criminal act in progress, our crews responded immediately by providing critical information so that law enforcement can take action," said Mohammed Nuru, Deputy Director of Operations for DPW. "We encourage the public to provide information that can lead to such arrests. Together, we can make San Francisco graffiti-free," he added.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris recently kicked off a new Graffiti Rewards Fund that provides $250 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals. Graffiti Rewards Fund claim forms are available at www.sfgov.org/dpw or by calling 311.
In 2007, police made 238 graffiti arrests, an increase from the 139 arrests made the previous year and DPW crews are working seven days a week to remove graffiti from San Francisco's streets and sidewalks. A 2000-2001 Civil Grand Jury report estimated the total cost to the City of graffiti damages and removal at $22 million per year without considering the costs borne by private property owners. In this case, DPW and the Police Department documented the damage to support the case and to provide a cost of the damage to ensure the vandals pay restitution.
DPW also provides free paint and supplies to volunteers who want to help abate graffiti on public property in their neighborhoods.
Labels: City Government, Graffiti/Tagging