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Parents Have a Responsibility to Stop Graffiti Vandalism

Graffiti is an act of destructive vandalism! It hurts communities both aesthetically and economically, decreases the feeling of safety, drains tax dollars, and sends the signal that nobody cares. In response, the City has launched a new, multifaceted campaign to stop graffiti. Our 4-pronged approach will address prevention, intervention, abatement and enforcement methods to discourage and eliminate graffiti vandalism- and we need your help! As parents, you are responsible for your child’s actions, so do your part in stopping graffiti.

Parents' Responsibility - English

Attention Parents!

If a child is caught tagging, his or her parents may be responsible for paying the expensive fines for their child’s crime!  Look for signs that your child may be involved in graffiti, and take action before they vandalize!

What Are some of the Indications That Your Child May be a Graffiti Vandal?

  • Graffiti on backpacks, books, clothing, notebooks or furniture
  • Markings on teenager’s things resembling graffiti markings found in the community
  • Possession of “graffiti implements,” for example: spray paint, paint markers, shoe polish, drill bits, sandpaper, grinding stones, Brillo pads, rocks, lava rocks, permanent markers, stickers(slap tagging), rubber gloves, or acid
  • Has in their possession photographs/clippings/posters of graffiti
  • Has in their possession graffiti publications
  • Uses slang terms associated with graffiti
  • Use of hand signs
  • Sneaks out late at night
  • Visits Internet sites about graffiti
  • Has permanent marker stains or paint stains on clothing
  • Has friends who are graffiti vandals


Graffiti Vandals may be subjected to:

  • First offense charges can get fines up to $500.00 and up to three months in jail or both.
  • For the second offense, the offender can receive felony charges and fines up to $10,000, and up to 5 years in jail, or both such fines and jail.
  • Fines for possession of graffiti implements(see above) can be up to $1000
  • Up to 120 hours of community service
  • Revocation of driver’s license
  • Responsible to pay restitution fees, if unable to pay additional hours added to community service
  • Graffiti Education Class to be taken with Parents
  • Searchable Probation - meaning their person, their homes, bedrooms may be searched at any time by Probation officers, Police Officers. If graffiti implements are found, they can be arrested.


What Can You do if You Believe Your Child May be Involved in Graffiti Vandalism?

  • Encourage open dialogue with your child about the potential consequences of graffiti time.
  • Check your child’s backpack regularly, because possession of graffiti implements, like paint markers, may result in a fine of up to $1000
  • Encourage after-school activities, like a sport or club that will occupy their time. The City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department offer after-school activities for all ages. Call 402-444-5930   for more information or visit
  • Contact School counselor, for ideas about how to communicate with your child


What is a Tagger? and You Think You Know Your Kids Name - English

What is a Tagger?  - Spanish