Graffiti crime reports are up 16 percent from last year

Volunteers work long hours to clean graffiti

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Graffiti is not a new problem in Bakersfield but it's an ongoing issue that is not going away any time soon. According to the Bakersfield Police Department, there is a 16 percent increase in graffiti reports from 2011 to 2012.

Jessie Ayala, supervisor of Public Works General Services anti-graffiti program, said he is not surprised by the increase and said the longer evening hours are to blame.

"Generally, we do see a spike this time of the year because of the sun going down early and a lot of kids are getting out there in the cover of the darkness earlier and do what they do."

The city has a graffiti hotline, offers free graffiti removal, and a mobile app called Bakersfield Graffiti to report new sightings. Ayala said volunteers are working around the clock to keep the community clean.

"We're out Monday through Saturday removing graffiti, working ten hours each day and we are out there rain and sun."

To report graffiti, you can call the 24-hour hotline at 32-ERASE (323-7273) or go online at


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