In its continuing efforts to preserve the quality of the community, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office established a Graffiti Eradication Program in 2000.
Graffiti is defined as writing, drawings or symbols applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner, authorized agent or designate.
Graffiti is a serious crime that impacts all citizens. Properties can be devalued and business owners can lose customers from the negative image that graffiti projects. Moreover, the presence of graffiti can send the message that a neighborhood is in decline or over-ridden with crime.
Acts of vandalism also cost taxpayers money for cleanup. However, as a service to the citizens of Sarasota County, the Sheriff’s Office implemented a Graffiti Eradication Program using labor from inmates incarcerated at the Sarasota County Jail. When possible, donated paint and materials are used to clean or cover over graffiti. This is a significant savings to the County and taxpayers.
If you see graffiti/vandalism in progress, dial 9-1-1. Do NOT approach those involved in what you believe to be criminal activity. Stay on the line with 9-1-1.