SFPD: Graffiti Costs SF $20 Million Per Year

Cleaning up graffiti in San Francisco is costly.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 12:13 PM PDT
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Put down that spray paint, and pick up the brief case stuffed full of money.

Cleaning up graffiti costs San Francisco upwards of $20 million per year, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The revelation was made by SFPD Chief Greg Suhr at the Zero Graffiti International Conference, according to the San Francisco Appeal online newspaper.

The city has had since the 1990s an anti-graffiti task force, according to reports. The task force tries to crack down on "taggers" using graffiti to mark their "turf," noted Suhr.

About 250 people are arrested per year for the crime of graffiti, according to the newspaper.
 

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