Does graffiti mean I have gangs in my neighborhood?
Not necessarily. Although gangs do use graffiti to communicate, most graffiti is not gang related.

There are three basic types of graffiti:

  • Graffiti done by taggers or tagging crews - In some circles graffiti is considered the creation of art. While just as damaging, these individuals seldom have any agenda beyond expressing their creativity.
  • Graffiti done by vandals - In many cases, these are the same individuals who would slash vehicle tires, break windows or damage mailboxes.
  • Gang-related graffiti - While uncommon in our own community, it is particularly prevalent and damaging in certain major east and west coast cities.

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1. Does graffiti mean I have gangs in my neighborhood?
2. How can I tell the difference between these three types of graffiti?
3. My fence keeps getting painted with graffiti. Does this mean I've been targeted by a gang?
4. What should I do if I see someone painting graffiti?
5. If someone is caught painting graffiti will they be arrested, and what is the punishment?
6. Is it illegal for minors to purchase spray paint?