"The Problem-Specific Guides summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to prevention and to improving the overall response to incidents, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. Neither do they cover all of the technical details about how to implement specific responses. The guides are written for police--of whatever rank or assignment-- who must address the specific problem the guides cover. [...] This guide addresses effective responses to the problem of graffiti--the wide range of markings, etchings and paintings that deface public or private property. In recent decades, graffiti has become an extensive problem, spreading from the largest cities to other locales. Despite the common association of graffiti with gangs, graffiti is widely found in jurisdictions of all sizes, and graffiti offenders are by no means limited to gangs."
Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, Problem-Specific Guides Series No. 9
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