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July 13, 2017

Chandler showcases new graffiti removal vehicle at Operation Back to School event

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler’s new graffiti removal vehicle will be on display at Operation Back to School Chandler, the largest back-to-school event in the East Valley. The event is scheduled from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave. The City’s code enforcement staff will be on-site to answer questions about graffiti removal, explain what to do if residents see graffiti in their neighborhood and distribute pencils and erasers for use during the school year.

Graffiti removal is a priority in Chandler and there is a 24-hour response time to all reports. The graffiti abatement program is managed by one full-time staff member who handles nearly 2,000 annual removals. The new graffiti removal vehicle is equipped with all the necessary supplies and equipment including paint, solvents, multiple paint sprayers, and a high temperature power washer, which is more cost-effective and essentially uses water to restore the surface to its original condition.

Since the vehicle will be on the streets five days a week, Chandler residents are encouraged to take a photo of the graffiti abatement vehicle around Chandler, and post on social media sites using the hashtag #GETchandler. GET is short for Graffiti Elimination Team. The vehicle will be easily identifiable and includes a new lovable mascot named Eli.

“Removing graffiti is truly a team effort,” said Stephen Erno, Chandler’s neighborhood services manager. “The City couldn’t do its job as efficiently without the help from residents taking the time to report graffiti as they see it in their community. We take pride in keeping Chandler graffiti free – it’s as though the graffiti ‘magically’ disappears through the efforts of the Graffiti Elimination Team.” 

Reporting graffiti to the City of Chandler is simple. Residents may call in the location to the City’s 24-hour hotline at 480-782-4322. It’s important to include the address or crossroads of the graffiti site on your message. Residents also have the option to download a free app, called Chandler PublicStuff, to send photos and pinpoint the exact location of the graffiti. There is an option to report other issues to the City such as park maintenance concerns, water issues, general code violations, parking problems, and street light outages using the app. 

For more information on Chandler’s anti-graffiti efforts, visit chandleraz.gov/GET