Think Twice Before Leaving Your Mark!

We’ve all seen graffiti somewhere in our community. Graffiti is the words, colors, and symbols drawn out or etched on buildings, overpasses, train cars and other surfaces.  Graffiti is an act of vandalism.  Not only does it cost the city thousands of dollars every year for clean up, but it also sends a message to the community that nobody cares.  

Juveniles contribute the most to graffiti and vandalism in our community.  Depending on the amount of the damages, a minor can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony for graffiti or vandalism.  When minors are convicted of the crime, the court can impose stiff penalties.  For example, a minor’s driver’s license may be suspended for a period of up to one year.  If the minor is unlicensed, the court can delay the eligibility for obtaining a driver’s license for a period of up to one year. 

According to the California Civil Code, parents or legal guardians shall be personally liable for any and all costs incurred if a minor engages in vandalism and/or graffiti.  Upon any graffiti or vandalism conviction, the parents of the juvenile will be ordered to pay restitution of a minimum of $100.00.  This fee is determined on a case-by-case basis and can include all law enforcement costs, city staff costs, attorney’s fees and court costs incurred with the civil prosecution up to $25,000.  

So, parents, make sure that your children know the consequences of committing graffiti or vandalism, and to think twice before leaving their mark!  To report graffiti in San Gabriel contact (800) 794-7384.

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The City of San Gabriel offers a graffiti removal service to areas visible from the street. To report graffiti on private property, call the City’s Graffiti Hotline at (800) 794-7384. To report graffiti on public property such as utility poles and streets signs, contact Public Works at (626) 308-2825 Or online at

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Graffiti is a crime that should be reported.  

To report graffiti in progress, contact the 

San Gabriel Police Department at (626) 308-2828.

Have an anonymous tip on crime? Contact Crime Stoppers at 800 222-TIPS (8477) or