Free graffiti cleanup solvent at Minneapolis fire stations

Minneapolis residents and property owners are encouraged to help Minneapolis wipe out graffiti. Last year graffiti cost the City just over $1 million, and 8,180 cases of graffiti were reported. But it has other costs too. It makes neighborhoods and commercial districts look and feel unsafe, and that can harm property values and retail revenues – especially for small, neighborhood businesses.

Left alone, graffiti attracts more graffiti. Graffiti that is not cleaned off or covered up promptly is more likely to return.

Report it

If you see someone vandalizing property or committing any other crime, call 911.

Anyone who sees graffiti in their neighborhoods should report it to the City by:

Remove it

It is the property owner’s responsibility to clean up graffiti. All Minneapolis fire stations offer free graffiti removal solvent to Minneapolis property owners, and the City website has instructions for graffiti removal.

Prevent it

The best way to fight graffiti is to prevent it. There are ways to make your property less of a target for graffiti. For instance, a wall with a mural or plants in front of it is less likely to be tagged by a graffiti vandal. It can also help to add lights to your property.

The City is getting the anti-graffiti message out in June with an informational video in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong; a public service announcement (PSA) airing on Comcast Cable channels in Minneapolis; and digital billboards displayed by Clear Channel Outdoor. The public service announcement time is donated by Comcast, and the billboards are donated by Clear Channel Outdoor.

For more tips on fighting graffiti, check out www.minneapolismn.gov/graffiti.

Published Jun 4, 2014