Sgt. Munin says graffiti has blown up in recent years. "There are graffiti websites that glorify the whole thing," Munin said. "It goes up so quickly you can just pass by an area in a squad car and they come in five seconds later and only need a minute to put up the graffiti. It doesn’t take long to bomb an area."
On the whole, Chicago went from 21,760 combined completed graffiti removal requests in January and February 2013 to 16,528 in the same two months this year.
Chicago's spray paint banAlthough the problem of graffiti in
Chicago might indicate otherwise, you cannot buy spray paint within city
limits. Chicago City Council passed an ordinance in 1992 banning the sale of
spray paint with the sole purpose of limiting incidents of graffiti. However,
after a number of lawsuits questioning its constitutionality, the law was not
initiated until 1995. The ordinance involved a three-pronged plan which, in
addition to the ban, included the establishment of Graffiti Blasters (part of
the Chicago Streets and Sanitation Graffiti Removal Program) and an increase in
police patrolling of problem areas. Since the ban, anyone found with spray
paint will be fined at least $500 and no more than $1,500.