If you are tired of seeing graffiti in your neighborhood and want to do something about it, the city has a high-tech answer.
The city of Bakersfield is now wiping out graffiti using smartphone technology and anyone with a smartphone can download a free app that fights graffiti on the spot.
"It's so easy for people to report graffiti. Most everybody has a smartphone with a camera these days," said Tony Martinez of the Bakersfield Police Department.
You can find graffiti almost anywhere, in alleys, on walls, building and even on abandon houses.
Now using an iPad, iPhone or other smartphone, you can help fight this crime more efficiently.
"It's a great tool for us because people are interactive with their phones these days and they are more likely to stop and take a picture of graffiti that annoys them and sent it immediately, rather then wait to the end of the day until they get off work," said Mary Degeare, of the Bakersfield Police Department.
Once you download the free application, all you have to do is spot the graffiti, input the type of surface and material used and send it. You also have the option to send a picture of the graffiti.
"That information is crucial in helping us send the proper vehicle out, whether it is the power wash truck or the paint match truck," said Guy Bowers of the graffiti removal program.
The application is designed to use phones' GPS technology to pinpoint the precise location of the graffiti.
"Once they report it, from there it goes to the corporation yard's anti-graffiti program. Staff creates a work order then gives it to the crews out in the field and boom, they take care of it," said Martinez.
Crews will usually have graffiti removed within 24 to 48 hours of a report.
"So having that app and sending us the photo with the information about the surface, it enables us to get out there quicker and locate the graffiti faster," said Bowers.
To find the app, just search for Bakersfield Graffiti on your smartphone service provider's app center. But if you don't have a smartphone, you can still help fight graffiti by calling 32-ERASE.
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