Report Graffiti

Please call the City of Ventura's Graffiti Hotline at 805-654-7805 whenever you see graffiti. The line is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The City's Public Works Graffiti Removal Unit strives to remove all graffiti within 48 hours from the time we receive your call.

You can also send an e-mail to

The City of Ventura is committed to promptly removing graffiti from public areas. Experience has shown that removing graffiti as soon as it occurs is the best prevention against future graffiti.

Graffiti Prevention

There are several steps you can take to prevent future graffiti tagging:

If you see graffiti in progress, report it by calling 9-1-1. Don’t try to intervene.

Contact the property owner whose building has been vandalized by graffiti and stress the importance of quick cleanup. Form a neighborhood group to help property owners clean up graffiti quickly.

Prevent graffiti. Rapid removal tells vandals that people care about their place of business and neighborhood and that their work has little chance of being seen.

Plain smooth surfaces invite graffiti. For walls, choose patterned and rough concrete surfaces or tiled or mosaic surfaces; for fences, use chain, lattice, or wooden picket fences.

Choose paints and coating to deter graffiti. Dark colors make graffiti harder to see. Anti-graffiti coatings are available as well.

Plant trees, shrubs, or climbing vines to restrict access to tempting walls. Plants with thorns or strong scents are good deterrents.

Use good lighting to deter vandals from popular graffiti sites.

Graffiti Investigator Position

Please be note that effective July 1, 2010 the Ventura Police Department's Graffiti Investigator position was eliminated due to budget reductions. Our department's goal, should monies become available in the future, is to reinstate the program and position in some capacity. 

The goal of the position was to investigate and reduce the incidents of graffiti/vandalism. This was accomplished via the establishment of a program that aimed to identify graffiti, hold accountable the persons responsible for graffiti, and identify criminal activity pertaining to tagging crews and criminal street gangs.

Through the use of enforcement, education and technology the VPD had made progress in removing, identifying, and prosecuting those individuals responsible for graffiti. This was accomplished through a multi-tiered effort involving the VPD’s Special Enforcement Team (SET), the School Resource Officers (SRO), and the Graffiti Investigator position.