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Graffiti Prevention & Removal

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During the past several years, the city has seen a growing number of vandalism reports involving graffiti. Research shows that the sooner graffiti is removed, the less chance there is of the graffiti returning.

City Code 130.11 states that property owners whose property has been vandalized by graffiti will need to remove the graffiti within 10 calendar days of receiving notice from the city. If it is not removed within 10 days, the city will remove the graffiti, and the property owner will be responsible for reimbursing the city for its actual cost. Prior to removal by the city, the property owner may submit a written request for a hearing before the City Council to show cause why the graffiti should not be removed.

Graffiti Prevention Tips

  • Leave outside lights on from dawn until dusk.
  • Give the illusion that someone is home by leaving lights or a TV on.
  • Install a motion sensor on outdoor lights.
  • Paint walls darker colors.

How to Report Graffiti

Report graffiti by contacting the Shakopee Police Department at 952-233-9400 or through Report a Problem.