Orcutt G.A.P. (Graffiti Abatement Program) is the vision of Leadership Santa Maria Valley's class of 2014. With the support of the Santa Barbara County's 4th District Supervisor, Peter Adam's office and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Santa Maria Valley was able to get this program up and running! The mission is to beautify the town of Orcutt by preventing and removing graffiti.
The program emphasizes a community approach to short term graffiti abatement. The involvement by Orcutt residents in the anti-graffiti movement is key to the long term success of the program.
How can I help?
We are coordinating a volunteer graffiti removal activity in Orcutt, please contact us at (805) 723-0176 or visit our facebook page for updates. Volunteer groups will be provided the following:
- Locations of the high priority graffiti removal locations
- Information on safe and clean removal
- Regulations for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
For answers to the most frequently asked questions and a detailed fact sheet on safe removal, please click here
Can't volunteer but want to help?
To report graffiti vandalism in progress, residents should call 911.
When reporting graffiti, the following should be included:
- Location: The address, or closest address, of the affected area. If graffiti is located at an intersection, include cross roads and directional clues (NE,SE,SW,NW).
- Type: Include the type of property that received the graffiti, such as a wall, curbside, telephone pole or fence. If graffiti is located on utility poles, boxes and/or phone booths please include the company name (PG&E, Comcast, etc.) and any other identifying information that will help pin-point the location.
- Business Name: Permission must be obtained from the property owner to clean private property.
- Contact Information: Please include your name and phone number in case additional information is needed. Your contact information will not be shared.
How to remove Graffiti on my property
- If graffiti is on your property, remove it as soon as you have photographed it and reported it.
- When graffiti is on a painted surface, the best course of action is to cover it with paint. Before painting over the graffiti, make sure it is reported and photographed. First put a primer coat over the graffiti and follow up with a coat of exterior paint.
- The rules to protect water quality must be followed. UpdatedNational Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) removal requirements are available in the Graffiti Abatement Frequently Asked Questions
There are many things residents and business owners in Orcutt can do to prevent graffiti.
- Report suspicious behavior
- Question teens who try to obtain spray paint
- Teach responsibility and respect
- Teach community pride
- Protect your own property by installing landscaping that covers walls, etc., painting murals (graffiti vandals like clean canvases for their work), and building fences with board gaps or lattices, not flat surfaces
- Plant thorny or thick bushes in front of large walls to make it harder for access
- Cover downspouts and move trash bins away from walls of businesses to make it harder to get access to roofs
- Increase lighting or use motion-activated lights around your property
- Consider applying an anti-graffiti solution (protective coating) over paint
- Organize neighborhood groups to help fight graffiti