City of Phoenix using cameras to catch taggers in action

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PHOENIX -- The city of Phoenix says the number of graffiti sites it's seeing has increased by 50 percent since last year. Not only is graffiti unsightly, it's expensive for you.

Graffiti Busters catching vandals on camera

The Graffiti Busters program costs taxpayer $2.3 million each year. In addition to the cost to run the program, graffiti can cause property value to drop by as much as 15 percent.

The city has recorded 95,000 graffiti sites, and now it has installed dozens of motion-sensor flash cameras to catch the taggers in action.

Police arrest an average of 40 graffiti vandals every month.

Graffiti Busters said will provide the public with tools, such and free paint, sprayers and training, to help residents fight graffiti.

Police said if you see a vandal in action, you should call 911.

For more information about the Graffiti Busters program, including the 24-hour removal line, the vandal catching/reward hotline and the Crime Stop hotline, visit