Citizens of Corpus Christi as well as the Graffiti Task Force have seen a sharp increase in graffiti vandalism during the past several months. The Customer Call Center is also seeing an increase in cases of graffiti being reported.
At this time, the Graffiti Task Force would like to provide the public with some information concerning the process for handling graffiti cases. Police officers should only be called to take a police report concerning graffiti if it is on a vehicle, there are implements left behind that can be used as evidence, the graffiti vandal can be positively identified, or if multiple locations have been vandalized such as an entire neighborhood. All other incidents of graffiti should be reported through the Customer Call Center (826-2489) or by going on-line to www.cctexas.com/graffiti . Once this is done, we will have documentation of the incident on file. Our Graffiti Removal Team will remove the graffiti, take photographs of the vandalism and forward the photos to the Graffiti Task Force for analysis.
Many citizens are not aware that the City of Corpus Christi cannot remove graffiti from private property unless consent is on file from the property owner. Consent can be given by the owner or resident by either requesting a consent form be sent to them when they report the graffiti to the customer call center representative or by going on-line at www.cctexas.com/graffiti and submitting a Graffiti Consent Form. Consent is indefinite until revoked by sending written notice of the revocation to the Corpus Christi Police Department. In other words, fill out one consent form and you never have to fill out another one as long as you occupy the property. It is the owner or resident’s responsibility to report graffiti on their property each time it occurs to the Call Center or by going on-line.
Graffiti on private property, without consent on file, can only be removed if a placard or notice is placed on the property. Graffiti will be removed after seven days if the property owner or representative has not given their permission or consent. Graffiti at placarded locations can only be removed once and the private properties have to be placarded each time they have graffiti. No permission is needed to remove graffiti from city property.
We hope that this information is helpful in explaining the process by which we handle graffiti. The Graffiti Task Force can be reached by calling 361-886-2788.