Downtown Action Team battles graffiti

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The writing is on the wall, literally. Downtown was hit hard by vandals leaving their mark during the month of January.

The Downtown Action Team, which cleans up most of the graffiti in downtown Albuquerque, told KRQE News 13 over 50 percent more graffiti popped up during January 2014 than the previous January.

“It’s vandalizing private or public property and it is an issue,” said Adrian Garcia, the operations manager with DAT. “It costs money to fix these problems or address it.”

The DAT tries to clean up new tags within 24 hours using supplies largely from the city’s graffiti task force. Garcia said about 32 to 40 hours a week is spent battling graffiti tags.

Albuquerque police set up its camera tower in parts of downtown with a lot of graffiti in hopes of identifying taggers and citing them.

Graffiti can be reported through the city’s 311 Citizen Contact Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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