The City of Tacoma has had 471 reports of graffiti between Jan. 1 and now, which is up from last year’s 289 reported incidents.
The City’s code compliance enforcement and the Tacoma Police Department are working with property owners to help reduce the number incidents through a variety of programs.
“Graffiti can be an issue in any city and Tacoma is no exception,” said Keith Williams, City of Tacoma code enforcement. “One of the problems is that anyone who is tagged with graffiti is a victim, yet the property owner still has to be the one to make sure it is covered up or removed.”
The City has programs, and partners with many community organizations to provide resources to help property owners’ cleanup graffiti, Tacoma Police Department Lt. Corey Darlington said.
Safe Streets, Community Services by Youth and Tacoma Neighborhood Councils all offer assistance to property owners who need help to comply with the City’s anti-graffiti ordinance. The ordinance requires graffiti to be removed within 18 days of notification by the City.
“Graffiti is a crime,” Darlington said. “Citizens are encouraged to report the crime of graffiti, photograph it if possible and cover it up.”
The City encourages property owners to consider following these tips to prevent graffiti on their properties: • Move objects vandals can stand on away from walls. • Place motion-activated lights around properties to deter graffiti vandals. • Create barriers along walls using plants with thorns. • Use a protective sealer or coating to protect brick or cement surfaces.
For more information about graffiti removal and prevention resources visit cityoftacoma.org/graffiti.