The Spokane Police Department has launched a Graffiti initiative intended to address the graffiti issues through multiple avenues.
Graffiti has a negative effect on a resident's feeling of safety in their neighborhood. It creates a perception, whether factual or not, that crime is on the rise and gangs are moving into the area. hen graffiti appears and is left indefinitely, it sends a signal that people just don't care which in turn attracts other forms of crime and delinquency to a neighborhood.
Let's work together to keep our community clean!
Taking prompt, proactive steps to report and remove graffiti is the best way to prevent it from occurring in your community. The City of Spokane's Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner.
Report Graffiti: If you are witnessing a crime in progress, call 911. If you need to report a location that has graffiti, please call Crime Check at 456-2233.
Photograph Graffiti: If you have a digital camera, take a photo of the graffiti and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include the incident number provided to you by Crime Check and your address. Photographs are documented.
Remove Graffiti: There are several methods of removing graffiti, the most common being to paint over it.
Create barrier using vegetation or a fence to ward off potential graffiti vandals.
Use materials and surfaces that make graffiti vandalism difficult: apply a clear coat finish to protect painted and unpainted surfaces and use protective film covering on windows.
Move dumpsters to the ends of the alleys to reduce the graffiti.
Keep your property well-lit and install flashing motion-sensor lighting.
Install surveillance cameras to monitor activity on your property.
Join or form organizations for your local business or neighborhood group. Call 509-835-4517 to have City Grafitti Prevention staff talk to your business or community group about graffiti and how to prevent it. Please give two weeks notice.