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Vandalism & Graffiti "Report" Program

Graffiti on the sides of buildings, vehicles, and other structures and vandalism, such as the breaking and scratching of windows or cars, can look unsightly and intimidate people, thereby discouraging them from walking in your neighborhood. According to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), most vandals are young peoplefrom grade-schoolers to teens to young adultswho damage property because they may be bored, angry, vengeful, defiant, or trying to prove or display their alliance to a gang. Paint and marker ink become harder to remove over time. Therefore quick removal of any new graffiti will make removal easier. Click here for more information.

Seattle has a Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner, or have the property considered a nuisance and dealt with through four steps. It was adopted in 1994 to encourage the rapid cleanup of graffiti and to prevent its spread throughout the community. SPUs Graffiti Prevention Program enforces the ordinance. Seattleites are encouraged to use the online report form or to call the Graffiti Report Line at (206) 684-7587 to report graffiti for removal on public property, or graffiti that has not been removed from private property.

Boring Graffitti
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