Website home about our city

Subscribe to Quarterly Email Updates

Response Time to Graffiti Removal

Desired Result: Below Target

Analysis of Performance

Since the Graffiti Abatement Team was reorganized in 2011 and became a pro-active force later that year, the number of recorded graffiti issues has finally started to decline. The peak year was 2012 with some 4,393 issues, while 2013 saw a drop to 3,836 issues and for 2014 the number again dropped to 3,434. This is attributed to three factors: First, in 2012 a lot of long standing (old) graffiti was located and addressed and more importantly (secondly) the team was given the ability to increase public assistance to include removal and sub-contracting out some serious vandalism issues and finally, the graffiti was being removed quicker for the first time on a consistent basis (both public and private property). This affect reduced the graffiti taggers drive or ambition to have their “work” noticed. So the savings the team generated by the reduction in numbers was in turn used to subsidize the private property efforts.

The overall amount of graffiti continues to decline within the City of Fort Collins and the data from the 1st quarter continues to reflect this trend. As of March 31, 2015 we have traced an decrease of 40% as compared to this same time period in 2014. Part of the reason for this is also attributed to better tracking of the statistical information that is being reported. Likewise, Police Services have made several high profile arrest which has also contributed to the decline. Lastly, new businesses and construction has taken off in the area, especially around Old Town thus reducing the number of vacant properties which are easy targets. As we approach the end of the school year, we are anticipating an increase in the amount of graffiti but with continued support from the public in reporting these issues along with proactive patrols and the upcoming volunteer details it is our goal to abate the amount of visible graffiti as quickly as possible.

Metric Definition

This indicator measures the amount of time to respond to and abate both reported and unreported graffiti in the City. The goal is to have graffiti properly abated within two business days.

Why Is This Important?

Tracking response time to abate graffiti is part of the overall process to defeat and deter graffiti. Graffiti generally includes any type of writings, drawings or symbols applied to any surface without the consent of the owner. Graffiti is a crime and when left unchecked, can contribute to the deterioration of our neighborhoods and the beauty of Fort Collins, as well as it can be the tipping point leading to increased crime in an area.

City Organization Impact on Performance

High - The City’s Graffiti Abatement team plays a high impact role by proactively searching for new graffiti throughout the City in day-to-day operations. In addition, the public can notify the Abatement team through a 24-hour hotline, email notification, an on-line reporting system, and a smart phone reporting application.

Benchmark Information

Benchmarking in progress