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Alex Cabrero Reporting Graffiti is part of any large community, but some are taking serious steps to get it removed. Take Ogden, for example. Drive around and you'll probably notice less graffiti than in other cities similar in size.
City officials are using a program designed to clean it all up by those who may have done it in the first place. The word is out in Ogden, Kaysville, and other Weber County cities, don't waste your time spraying graffiti; it'll probably be gone the next day.
There aren't too many places in Ogden to legally grind your skateboard. So after the city built one, they'd like to keep it clean. That's where the Juvenile Court Graffiti Removal program fits in, not that the teens enjoy painting in the cold, it's just, they don't have a choice.
"Felicia", Juvenile Offender: “It teaches kids they won’t want to do it again.”
Those charged with painting over the graffiti are juveniles in trouble with the law. Part of their sentence is to paint over graffiti, no matter what the weather.
Matt Tucker: “You hear a lot of them saying, ‘I’ll never do this again.’”
Matt Tucker is in charge of the program. Teens who've been caught shoplifting, driving without a license, or spraying graffiti provide the free help. And everyday, they're busy.
Matt Tucker: “One gang sprays their moniker, another will cross it out, put theirs next to it. And that can be an ongoing thing or a call out.”
It’s something nobody wants, especially Ogden's mayor.
Matthew Godfrey, Mayor of Ogden: “There’s probably some degree of seriousness in that, and I think a lot of it is just young kids trying to be tough.”
Mayor Godfrey calls the graffiti removal hotline at least once a week. It's part of keeping Ogden clean and teaching teens a lesson.
‘Felicia’: “Not to destroy property, because you’ll be the one cleaning it up.”
The second district juvenile court is in charge of the program. If you see graffiti anywhere in Weber County or nearby, you can call their hotline at 629-8752. They'll get out quick and get rid of it. And soon word will spread that it's a waste to spray graffiti, because it'll be gone in no time.