Renton Launches "Wipe Out Graffiti" Campaign
Ordinance Gets Tough on Offenders
In the battle against graffiti, Renton City Council passed a Graffiti Control Ordinance to help prosecute graffiti offenders and reduce the damages inflicted on property owners.
The city has also identified various ‘hot spots’ throughout the city and placed cameras in these locations to help identify and prosecute vandals and those guilty of graffiti activity.
In addition, the city has a part-time graffiti abatement coordinator to help manage the program, and is recruiting volunteers, partnering with local businesses and community members, providing graffiti-removal kits to graffiti victims with limited resources, and launching a comprehensive education campaign.
“Graffiti is a crime and it costs governments and our communities thousands of dollars to clean it up,” said Mayor Denis Law. “Our goal is to make people think twice before committing an act of vandalism in the first place, and make them pay the price.”
The Graffiti Control Ordinance
- Makes it illegal to possess graffiti paraphernalia with the intention of using it to deface public or private property.
- Allows the court to order those convicted of graffiti vandalism to pay damages to the victim, including the City of Renton.
- Allows public funds to be used for graffiti removal.
- Allows the city to assign up to a $5,000 liability to the parent of a minor who commits graffiti vandalism.
- Authorizes the city to offer up to a $300 reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of any person who commits graffiti vandalism.
Wipe Out Graffiti, the city’s anti-graffiti education campaign, encourages people to report graffiti, document it, and abate it quickly. People should call 9-1-1 immediately if they see “tagging” in progress.
The city has also established a graffiti hotline, 425-430-7373, where people can report existing graffiti. To volunteer or participate in the city’s program, to donate supplies for the graffiti removal kits, or to sponsor a community volunteer opportunity call 425-430-7362.
Learn more about the graffiti removal kits.