Hartsdel Neighborhood Watch Association
Del City Ordinances
Offenses Against Property


CHAPTER 13 OFFENSES-MISCELLANEOUS

Sec. 13-70. Damaging, defacing, etc., property generally.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy, injure, deface, besmear or molest any structure, building, outbuilding, fence or any other property, real or personal, public or private, belonging to another; to use any such property wrongfully to the detriment of the owner or other person entitled to its use; or to interfere wrongfully with the use of any such property by its owner or any other person entitled to its use.


(b) Any person convicted of violating this section shall be punished by a fine, of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), a sentence of sixty (60) days in jail, or both, plus costs, as such costs are defined in section 12-31 of this Code.
(Code 1973, § 18-53; Ord. No. 833, § 1, 9-3-85; Ord. No. 893, § 1, 5-15-89; Ord. No. 1110, § 1, 11-15- 99)


Sec. 13-72. Posting advertising matter on property of another.

It shall be unlawful for any person to place, stick, tack, paste, post, paint, mark, write or print any sign, poster, picture, announcement, advertisement, bill, placard, device or inscription upon any public or private building, fence, sidewalk, bridge, viaduct, post, automobile, other vehicle or other property of another, without the consent of the owner or person in charge thereof.
(Code 1973,§ 18-55)


Sec. 13-74. Unlawful entry.

It shall be unlawful for any person to enter upon the property of another or into an area or structure on such property, whether such property, area or structure is public or private, when such entrance is plainly forbidden by signs or otherwise or when the property, area or structure is enclosed, except when such entrance is in the line of duty, or with the expressed or tacit consent of the owner or person in charge, or otherwise by authority of law or ordinance.
(Code 1973, § 18-57)


Sec. 13-75. Dumping of refuse.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to dump, deposit, throw, or in any manner leave garbage, waste, rubbish, refuse, debris or other deleterious substance or trash on any public or private property without the permission of the owner or occupant of such property and the health officer.

(b) Any full-time peace officer upon investigation of the disposal of any substance in violation of this section which contains three (3) or more items bearing a common address in a form which tends to identify the latest owner of the item shall create a rebuttable presumption that all competent persons residing at such address committed the unlawful act.

(c) Any person convicted of violating subsection (a) of this section shall be punished by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than sixty (60) days, or both, plus costs, as such costs are defined in section 12-31 of this Code.
(Ord. No. 907, § 1, 2-20-90; Ord. No. 1140, § 1, 11-15-99)


Sec. 13-76. Removal of graffiti.

A. A hearing shall be held by the City Council to determine whether the accumulation of graffiti on the property has caused the property to become detrimental or a hazard to the health, safety or general welfare of the public and the community. Upon finding that the condition of the property constitutes a detriment or hazard, and that the property, the public and the community would be benefited by the removal of such conditions, the designated agents of the City are granted the right of entry onto the property for removal of the graffiti thereon and for performance of the necessary duties as a governmental function of the City.

B. To remove graffiti from property without the written consent of the property owner and the tenant, if any, at least ten (10) days notice shall be given by mail directed to the address shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office. Notice to the tenant, if any, shall be given by mail directed to the property address. The notice shall order the property owner and tenant, if any, to remove graffiti from the property and shall further state that unless such work is performed within twenty (20) days of the date of the notice the work shall be done by the City. In addition, notice shall be given by posting a copy of the notice on the property at least one time not less than ten (10) days prior to any hearing or action by the City. If the City anticipates summary abatement of graffiti, the notice shall state that any accumulations of graffiti on the property occurring within one (1) year from and after the date of the notice may be summarily abated by the City without a hearing and further prior notice to the property owner of the tenant, if any, except by posting of notice at least one time on the property not less than two (2) business days prior to such summary abatement.
(Ord. No. 1092, § 1, 11-1-99)



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