Tuesday, August 28, 2007

New Glass Etchings

It was only a matter of time until a glass-etching tagger made his way into our neighborhood, again. This time, it happened to "phase 2" units on the North side of Santa Ana Boulevard, Santiago Street, and Civic Center Drive.

Unfortunately, the glass on the first floor (with the exception of the front door) is not covered by our association. This translates into the etchings being more likely to stay up longer, as opposed to painted graffiti that can be easily cleaned/painted over, which in turn is an invitation to future or additional etchings.

Replacement of one window pane on the roll-up door(s) can run from $200-$300 dollars (installed). There are products available such as Vandal Shield available that act as a sacrificial layer. After the film has been etched, a new film will need to be reapplied.

Believe it or not, Santa Ana has a pretty decent graffiti clean-up program. The key is that it relies heavily on citizen participation to report incidents. Also, should you assist with the arresting of an individual who is defacing public/private property, the City of Santa Ana will mail you a check for $500! Just make sure you fill out the police report and you may also need to follow up to collect your check.

If you see graffiti happening, don't call 911. 911 can't help you and being dialed from a cell phone connects you to Highway Patrol.

Call Santa Ana Police @ (714) 834-4211.

Be ready with your location (cross streets and addresses help), a description of the person(s) committing the act including race, clothing type and color, and anything else such as spray paint color.

For immediate graffiti clean-up in Santa Ana, call 877-786-7824.

For graffiti found in unincorporated areas/County-owned and maintained property, call (714) 834-3400.

Read more about graffiti clean-up in Santa Ana here.

Read more about the Santa Ana Graffiti Reward Program here.

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