Graffiti — Keep It Off The Wall    

Published on January 24, 2017

If you see graffiti scrawled across public or private property, the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) would like to hear about it, says Police spokesperson Ashley Savage.  Graffiti is destruction of property that can rise to the felony level depending on the amount of damage incurred, according to Virginia Commonwealth law.

What should I do if I see graffiti? 

Call the non-emergency police line at 703-558-2222 to report it.

What will ACPD do about it?

They will take your report, respond to the scene and photograph the graffiti. All reports are forwarded to the Gang Unit for review.

Does it matter what the graffiti says?

No. All graffiti — whatever the content — will be documented by ACPD.

Who will clean up the graffiti?

If the graffiti is on public property, ACPD will coordinate cleanup with the appropriate County agency. ACPD will notify private property owners of graffiti on their property, but cleanup is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner. Property owners should notify ACPD first and clean up the graffiti after it has been documented by them.

Should I paint over graffiti on public or private property when I see it?

No. You should report it to ACPD and let them handle it.

Is graffiti getting worse in Arlington?

Graffiti is not a new problem in Arlington but something ACPD needs your help with. If you see graffiti, promptly report it to the non-emergency line at 703-558-2222.