Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB) works in tandem with City departments, outside agencies and the OPD Gang Enforcement team to aggressively locate and remove graffiti. We encourage citizens to help and participate in our program. You can find the graffiti hotline number and link to our online form below.
What is Graffiti?
Graffiti is any inscription, word, figure, painting or other defacement that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted or engraved on any public or private surface without the owner’s permission.
- Immediate removal, within 24-48 hours, is successful in graffiti prevention
- Gang graffiti makes up approximately 10% of graffiti in U.S. cities
- 50 to 70% of all street-level graffiti is created by suburban adolescents, predominately males between the ages of 12 and 19
Graffiti Prevention Tips
- Remove graffiti within 24 to 48 hours
- Plant shrubs, thorny plants and vines to restrict access
- Add or improve lighting around the building by incorporating motion-sensor lights
- Install fences, controlled entrances and exits, rails and other barriers around property
- Limit access to roofs by moving dumpsters or other structures away from walls
- Post security camera(s) and/or surveillance signage
- Use graffiti resistant materials or coatings on continuously hit walls
- Ask your association to install lighting in neighborhood areas that are dark and often hit with graffiti
- For condos and apartments, work with residential property owners to incorporate graffiti prevention tips mentioned above into building security
- Organize a Neighborhood Watch to help law enforcement keep tabs on criminal activity in your neighborhood
- Neighborhood Watch Unit: 407.246.2369
City of Orlando limits:
Hotline: 407.254.GRAF (4723) or click here to report Graffiti
Private Property within City of Orlando:
OPD: 321.235.5300 – to create a vandalism report. It is important you do so. You may also complete a report online at http://www.cityoforlando.net/police/selfonline-reporting/
Orange County jurisdiction:
Symbols on street signs will help you determine City vs. County limits. If the street sign has the Lake Eola symbol, it is a City street ; If it has an orange symbol, it signifies a County street.
***Please note, The City may only remove graffiti off of public property. However, we may have products available to assist you with removal on private property. ***
Keep Orlando Beautiful respects and supports creative expression – not vandalism!
Thank you for helping to keep Orlando the City Beautiful!