Jimmy Davis is tired of seeing graffiti around Bayonne and is cracking down on the problem.
The mayor is reminding residents how simple it is to report acts of defacement and vandalism in the city.
If you see graffiti within Bayonne’s boundaries, call the city’s graffiti hotline 201-858-6070 or leave an after-hours voicemail.
“It tends to occur during the summer months when schools are closed. It’s important for anyone who sees fresh graffiti to report it before the paint and other substances become embedded in the surface,” Davis says.
Bayonne DPW’s graffiti removal service is available for the city’s private property owners and public properties.
“We urge all owners of qualifying properties to apply to have graffiti removed as soon as possible,” Davis says.
Public Works employees will remove graffiti from unpainted cement, brick, brickface and marble surfaces.
They will not remove it from painted surfaces, vinyl siding, wood surfaces or any surface with loose brick, mortar or signs of material weakness.
There’s no cost for the graffiti removal, as long as the property owner signs a City Law Department approved release and indemnification agreement, releasing the City of Bayonne from any and all liability.
The street art has become an urban crisis — in 2015 the DPW performed 228 graffiti removals and in 2016, that number jumped to 839.