The City of Lynwood deals with its share of graffiti and vandalism all year long. Graffiti is not a victimless crime. If graffiti is left to spread in our community it can leave the impression that no one cares about our City. It can also lead to increased crime/vandalism and discourage shoppers to visit local businesses within our City. When people vandalize city buildings, properties, and parks it decreases aesthetic appeal, which cost money for removal and diverts funds from community programs and services. Tagging and other vandalism in our city can also reduce property values and affects perception that your neighborhood is safe for residents and visitors.
It is important for parents to know that per the Lynwood Municipal Code and pursuant to the California Civil Code, the parents or legal guardians of said minor shall be jointly liable for the damages caused by that minor. If evidence proves that your kid is guilty of damaging businesses and homes with any type of graffiti paraphernalia, then you as a parent or legal guardian will be held financially responsible. All parents should know what their kids are up to and also know what is in their kid’s room and backpack.
Don’t ignore graffiti – report it! The sooner you report graffiti, the sooner it can be removed and the likelihood of recurrence can be decreased by as much as 85%.
If you see vandalism in progress please call the Sheriff’s Department at (323)568-4800. If you see vandalism in your area please call (877) 444-6044.