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THE POWER OF COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION:
GO GRAFFITI GO!

Graffiti affects everyone and can be quite costly for cities and business owners to hire professional clean ups. Studies show that communities with high vandalism crime are prone to other crimes including theft and assault. There are lots of benefits to getting your community together for graffiti removal. Communities with a strong anti-graffiti program have less crime and vandalism strengthening community relationships, and overall enjoyment of a clean and safe place to live! Organizing graffiti clean-up days in your area and educating youth about the costs of graffiti and the people and businesses it hurts can send a strong message that graffiti is not tolerated in this area and discourage repeat vandalism. The more money going to the professional clean-up of graffiti the less is left to maintain other important services like city transit and other street maintenance. To help your community use Eco-friendly graffiti removal products and get everyone involved.

A successful program educating youth about the consequences of graffiti and vandalism is the Neighborhood Watch Program in London, Ontario. They schedule seasonal graffiti removal days with a volunteer team that this year alone removed over 1200 graffiti sites in London. The Eco solution that backs their defense is Graffiti Go a safe and effective water based graffiti remover. Graffiti Go is a solvent and fume free remover that is non-toxic and completely safe for the user and the environment. Not only does Londonís Neighborhood Watch program use it to remove graffiti, they give out 500+ free bottles of Graffiti Go every year to anyone who wants to chip in and join the fight against private and public property vandalism in London. The result the City saves up to $58,000.00 in clean-up costs every year never underestimate the power of community helping hands.

So what can be done to discourage reoccurring vandalism from a particular site when repeated removal doesnít seem to do the trick? One tried and true method is the presence of murals in known high graffiti traffic areas. Not only can murals bring art and beauty to your city when you commission known graffiti offenders to create these murals it can change their view of the community and give them an opportunity to share a positive message. There is no doubt about it, this growing culture of artists and youth are simply bursting with expression. Instead of labeling them as the problem we can make them part of the solution. When graffiti artists have the choice to make their passion a career and transform colorful expression into long lasting messages to uplift communities then maybe we can change the face of graffiti.

In the end the most effective way to reduce graffiti in any community is to combine a diversity of efforts. Developing strong community clean-up programs, providing education on the negative effects of graffiti to youth, and encouraging positive uplifting murals for walls constantly vandalized by graffiti all contribute to healthy clean communities.

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