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Graffiti comes in many forms and styles and is a form of vandalism. While most Seattle graffiti is of the “tagger” variety, residents and visitors may assume that graffiti is drug or gang related and therefore is often viewed as a sign of a neglected and perhaps an unsafe neighborhood.
For this reason it is imperative that graffiti is removed promptly from all surfaces. “ Three Times 72” is the Rule! If graffiti is removed from a surface within 72 hours three times, it is unlikely that the property will be vandalized in the future. This is because the vandals do not want to risk jail for something that they can’t show their friends.
For the same reason, immediate removal of graffiti is the best way to stop graffiti from occurring at all. The number of vandals is small; but if their damage is allowed to stand, it can seem much higher. Graffiti is a crime and persons convicted may be sentenced to jail.
Frequently asked questions:
What should I do when I see graffiti in my neighborhood?
Report graffiti to the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Graffiti and Illegal Dumping Hotline at 206-684-7587 or online at: http://web1.seattle.gov/spu/CRMIQ/ContactSPU.aspx. When graffiti appears on your property, call the police to file a report at 206-625-5011. T his will help prosecutors down the road. If you see an act of graffiti vandalism in progress, call 911 immediately.
Who is responsible for removing graffiti?
Graffiti on public property will be removed by SPU’s skilled Graffiti Rangers or other City departments. Graffiti on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. SPU will notify property owners to tell them they need to remove the graffiti in accordance with City Code.
What if the graffiti is on a leased dumpster?
The City requires the dumpster contractor to repaint or replace commercial dumpsters that have graffiti. Call your contractor when a leased commercial dumpster experiences graffiti. If it is a residential dumpster, call SPU’s Graffiti Hotline at 206-684-7587.
What is the best way to remove graffiti?
Graffiti may appear on any of the surfaces listed below. If you can’t remove it right away, cover it with black plastic until appropriate removal can be completed. For assistance with removal on private property, you can get free advice from the City’s Anti-Graffiti Program at 206-684-7587.
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