Denver Partners Against Graffiti provides free graffiti removal assistance on business and residential properties within the City & County of Denver. Our crews remove graffiti using current equipment and graffiti removal methods (painting, hand cleaning or power washing).
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a gallon of cover-up paint. Here are three tips that can help prevent graffiti on your property:
There are several kinds of graffiti and the term refers to several forms of vandalism, from large spray paint murals (about 5% of graffiti nationally) to "tagging," or quick scrawls of a name using a spray can, marker or etching implement (about 80% of graffiti nationally).
Tagging is the quickest, easiest, most pervasive and most expensive form of graffiti vandalism, and is like logo placement or brand advertising. The primary goal of tagging is to advertise the vandal's "tag" (or street name) and "crew" (tagging group or gang set) and get recognition from others for prominent placement of tags throughout the city. A tag in a location is a challenge or an invitation for another tagger to tag the same spot, either challenging the original tagger's ownership of the spot or reinforcing that ownership. In some cases, tagging is gang-related and marks a gang's territory, but often is solely for self-promotion. Taggers who cover a lot of territory or place tags in risky, high visibility locations get more recognition for their efforts.
The graffiti "Brush Off" campaign provides an easy way for everyone to help prevent graffiti in our neighborhoods. Brush Off partners agree to keep a spot (such as a sign, pole, or dumpster) near their home clean, using free graffiti-removal supplies provided by the City.
Research suggests that the presence of graffiti “creates an environment that breeds bigger crimes.” Understanding that graffiti vandalism is a quality of life issue, Mayor Hancock and the City Council have made graffiti prevention a top priority in Denver by increasing graffiti cleanup, education and enforcement efforts. But we can’t prevent graffiti alone! That’s why we’ve created "The Brush Off" campaign – a partnership between the City and concerned citizens.
The purpose of the Denver Urban Arts Fund is to prevent graffiti vandalism by generating positive, well-tended and active community gathering spaces. Its goal is to produce opportunities for young people to participate in diversionary art and leadership programs.
Projects funded by the UAF should focus on measurable outcomes related to the prevention of graffiti vandalism, and involve artists in building strong and vibrant communities.
Each year the UAF provides funding (awards range from $500-$7500) for programs and projects that:
For more information, or to fill out an application to request funding visit Denver Arts & Venues Urban Arts Fund page.
Please photograph abatement crew member(s) from behind or from the side.
Please photograph graffiti tags out of focus or partially removed
Please do not disclose exact locations:
You can help keep Denver graffiti free by picking up materials from a paint bank and covering graffiti vandalism when you see it. If the graffiti is on private property, permission must be granted from the owner/tenant prior to removal. The quicker graffiti is removed or covered, the less likely it is to return.
A paint bank is a location where citizens can pick up paint and materials at no charge to cover graffiti in Denver. Paint is available in seven standard colors and is packaged in 1 gallon containers.
Available paint colors are: grey, white, brick red, yellow beige (pale yellow), tobacco brown (warm brown), musket brown (dark brown) and viaduct beige (tan).
Dumpster beige paint to cover City dumpsters is also available in quart containers. Ask about other graffiti removal supplies used to clean items such as poles, signs and traffic control boxes.
Call 311 (720-913-1311) to order paint and to make arrangements for pick up, or visit one of the participating paint banks in your community.
**When picking up paint you must show proof of Denver residency**
These storefronts are staffed by volunteers and police officers to aid citizens in accessing police services and graffiti removal supplies. Hours and supplies vary by location; please call ahead for information.
3100 S. Sheridan Unit A-20
5049 W. Colfax Ave.
2635 N. Federal Blvd.
Five Points Business District
2444 Washington St.
Councilman Kevin Flynn, District #2
3100 S. Sheridan Blvd., Unit D
Councilman Christopher Herndon, District #8
4685 Peoria St., #245
Councilman Albus Brooks, Distirct #9
2855 Tremont Place, Suite 201
Quicker graffiti cleanup turnaround time after notification (once posted, 48 hours for non-residential property and 72 hours for residential property) from previous 10 days.
It is unlawful to post, paint or attach, or to directly or indirectly cause to be posted, painted or attached in any manner, any handbill, poster, advertisement or notice of any kind upon public property except by permission of the manager of public works pursuant to established rules and regulations, or on private property except by permission of the owner or authorized agent of the owner of such property.
The person responsible for causing the unlawful posting of any notice described herein will be liable for the cost of removal. Persons liable under this section include, but are not limited to, any individuals or businesses whose advertisement, message or information appears on or is contained in notice posted unlawfully.
Let’s all do our part to help Keep Denver Beautiful!