San Mateo Introduces Phone App to Report Graffiti

If you see graffiti in San Mateo, report it through the city's new phone app "mySanMateo."

Screenshot of the "mySanMateo" app.
Screenshot of the "mySanMateo" app.

It's now easier than ever to report graffiti in San Mateo.

The city has announced the launch of its new mobile app, mySanMateo, which allows residents to alert city officials to graffiti in San Mateo.

Residents can also call the city's 24-hour hotline, (888) 886-0766, to report graffiti.

The request from either the mobile app or hotline will be submitted to Graffiti Protective Coatings (GPC), San Mateo’s new partner in providing graffiti removal services.

Here's how to do it: Simply download the FREE app to your iPhone or Android phone. When you see graffiti - take a photo of the nuisance, provide the location, and submit your request. GPC is contracted through the City’s Public Works Department to respond to requests for graffiti removal on City property within 48-hours and within 24-hours when reported in designated “hot spots”.

Due to increased requests for graffiti removal and competing demands on staff, the city recommended using a contracted services model to provide a more timely and cost-effective response for graffiti removal services.

GPC was selected through a competitive process, and recommended to the City Council in July. GPC partners with cities throughout the Bay Area providing cost effective graffiti removal services. 

“Keeping San Mateo free of graffiti is an ongoing process requiring dedicated resources,” Larry Patterson, Interim City Manager, said in a statement.

“Graffiti Protective Coatings enhances the services of the City making our graffiti removal program more effective and efficient. Using the mobile app is the most immediate way to report graffiti.  It gives residents, business owners, and employees the ability to submit requests for removal as soon as graffiti is noticed.  If you haven’t done so, download the app and submit your requests directly to GPC.  Your diligence will help to eliminate graffiti throughout San Mateo.” 

Two Easy Ways to Report Graffiti

In order to report graffiti for removal, contact Graffiti Protective Coatings, Inc. directly using the methods below:

1.       Download and launch the FREE mySanMateo app, and submit a picture and the location of the noticed violation.

2.       Call the 24-hour hotline, (888) 886-0766

Alicia November 09, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Seems to me that if you're going to develop an app for San Mateo County, it could be more useful than reporting graffiti only?? What about reporting a crime scene, drunk driver, questionable activities… graffiti??


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