Mayor Taveras joins Graffiti Task Force to remove graffiti in Providence

Mayor Taveras Joins Graffiti Task Force to Remove Graffiti in Providence

Residents urged to report graffiti to City’s graffiti hotline

- Mayor Angel Taveras assisted the City’s Graffiti Task Force this morning to clean up one property vandalized by graffiti.

Mayor Taveras was joined by representatives of the Providence Police Department and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce at DASH Bicycle Shop, which was recently targeted by graffiti vandals.

“We all have a stake in keeping our neighborhoods free of graffiti,” said Mayor Taveras. “Graffiti is a quality-of-life issue for businesses and residents. In Providence, we are actively working to remove graffiti and are prepared to prosecute vandals to the fullest extent of the law.”

The City's Graffiti Task Force, a partnership between the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, the Department of Public Property and the Providence Police Department, works to remove graffiti from properties across the City. The Graffiti Task Force employs two vans outfitted with high-pressure power washers and paint.

“Thank you, Mayor Taveras for supporting this ongoing program to improve our Capital City,” said Janet Raymond, Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Operations of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. “It is certainly beneficial to our business community that the City play a role in continuing to revitalize our retail hubs and make them attractive to tourists and residents alike.”

Last year, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a new law that strengthened penalties for graffiti. Those convicted of a third offense of tagging may face a felony charge and can be subject to imprisonment for up to two years, 300 hours of community service and restitution to the victim. Graffiti in an area that is difficult to clean may cost an additional $1,000.

Residents are urged to report graffiti to 1-800-TAGGERS or online at Rewards of up to $500 are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals.