No Graffiti SA campaign kicks off

City takes a stand against graffiti

The city of San Antonio is working to kick the graffiti problem in the community by "kicking off" a new campaign.

It's called No Graffiti SA and as part of the campaign, billboards will be going up around town.

The new education campaign was put together to encourage people to report graffiti when they see it and to get rid of it, if it happens on their property.

"I know it's a large task, but graffiti causes millions of dollars in property damage," said District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina. "It's a blight in our community."

In addition to adding signs along Interstate-10 and Hildebrand, Highway 90 and Probandt and I-10 and MLK, No Graffiti SA improvements will include all city departments working to abate graffiti, once reported, within an average of three business days.

Diana Soriano said she's glad the city is doing something about the problem and knows people will see the billboards, but she's hoping it will make a difference.

"I think it was about time that we do something like that," said Soriano. "All this graffiti we have now, it just messes up the communities, the homes, the properties."

Medina said he is hoping the campaign will also reach out to the youth in the city.

"We want to make school children and students aware that we don't want to see it (graffiti)," said Medina. "They don't want to see it in our community. We all love our community. We want to keep San Antonio one of the most beautiful cities of America."

City leaders are asking that people report graffiti by calling 311 or by downloading the free 311 mobile app, which allows you to take pictures with your smartphone and send them in.

Anyone who sees someone actively tagging property, is asked to call 911 because graffiti is a crime.

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