Question: "Who is responsible for graffiti removal on the fence?" – Linda T., Sept. 8 via email
Answer: The Public Works Department is responsible for removing graffiti around the city. However, anyone who notices graffiti should notify the Alhambra Police Department so it can be photographed and documented. If you see graffiti in Alhambra, call the 24-hour graffiti hotline at (626) 570-5072. According to Public Works, it will be removed within 24 hours.
The city uses “Graffiti Tracker,” a system that tracks all graffiti in public view to help analyze and prevent graffiti, Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department said in March. Cameras with GPS capabilities upload photos of the graffiti to the Graffiti Tracker’s database for analysts to review for possible origins or gang associations. In February, about 25 percent of graffiti in Alhambra was believed to be gang related, according to Sgt. Johnson.
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