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Graffiti

To report Graffiti or “Tagging” on public or private property: call the non-emergency number (253) 798-4721.

Graffiti on public and private property creates blight, resulting in the deterioration of property values, business opportunities and enjoyment of life for persons in the community.  Very often it is gang-related, a way of claiming territory or ‘turf’, and to recruit new members in the neighborhood.

Graffiti is a visual symbol of disorder that demoralizes and erodes feelings of safety in our neighborhoods. It contributes to neighborhood decline by inviting crime and leading to a climate of intimidation; and reduces commerce, tax revenues and community pride. 

Graffiti offenses can be committed quickly and secretively without any witnesses, so if you see graffiti vandalism in progress dial 9-1-1 immediately so police officers have a chance to catch the suspect(s). 

The City's goals are maintaining property values, preventing crime and preserving aesthetic standards. The Police Chief is authorized to issue a reward of up to $300.00 for capture and prosecution of graffiti vandals.

Prompt removal of graffiti from public and private property promotes the health, safety and welfare of the general public.