Committing an act of graffiti is a violation of this chapter.
Failure to remove graffiti pursuant to § 180-3 shall be a violation for which the cost of the graffiti removal shall be assessed against the property owner as specified by N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.59.
Violations for committing an act of graffiti shall be charged on a per-property-or-structure basis (one offense for each violation). Violations do not reset over time.
Upon conviction, each offense shall have the following penalties applied:
Each person shall be subject to a fine of $50 for the first offense; $100 for the second offense; and $150 for each subsequent offense.
In addition to any fines imposed (or waived), the court shall order the offender to make restitution pursuant to § 180-5.
Convicted offenders shall make a restitution to the victim for damages or loss caused directly or indirectly by the violator's offense in the amount (or manner) determined by the court.
Community service shall be based on the following minimum requirements:
Offenders shall perform community service based on their level of conviction as follows:
First offense: service sufficient to remove the graffiti and restore the property to its prior condition.
Second offense: service sufficient to remove the graffiti and restore the property to its prior condition plus 10 additional days of community service.
Third (and subsequent) offense: service sufficient to remove the graffiti and restore the property to its prior condition plus 20 additional days of community service.
Reasonable effort shall be made to assign the offender to a type of community service that is reasonably expected to have the most rehabilitative effect on the offender.
The ordered period of service shall be performed under the supervision of a community service provider approved by the Chief of Police.
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by any police, housing, or code enforcement officer of the City of Bridgeton.