Graffiti

Contact Information
Renton Police Department
Renton, WA 98057

Wipe Out GraffitiGraffiti has a negative impact on our community. It gives the appearance that our community is unsafe, which creates fear and devalues property. Citizen awareness, reporting graffiti, and immediately removing it, has a positive impact. Report graffiti vandalism as it is happening to 9-1-1 and give as much information as possible.

Keeping graffiti from occurring takes a conscious team effort from everyone - residents and business owners. The city offers a $300 reward to anyone who reports information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught tagging any property within the city limits.

Preventing graffiti

Rapid and continual removal is the best way to eliminate the problem. Studies show that removal within 24 - 48 hours results in a lower rate of recurrence. Commercial and residential property owners in Renton are responsible for graffiti removal on their property.

Removing graffiti

Paint can be used to cover over graffiti on smooth, painted surfaces. It is a low cost and relatively safe product compared to removing graffiti with some chemical solvents.

Chemical removers can be harmful to the user and the environment. You should contact a professional to gather more information about these types of products.

Pressure-washing can be effective, using water or water in combination with other products to remove graffiti from a surface. It can, however, wear down the surface being treated.

Property owners

  • Report: Contact the Renton Police Department if you are hit with graffiti, or if you witness a vandalism act in progress, call 9-1-1. If you see that graffiti has been put up in the neighborhood, report it by email or call 425-430-7362.
  • Record: Take and email a picture of the graffiti before it is removed. Photographs will assist law enforcement in their investigation.
  • Remove: Remove graffiti promptly and completely.

Getting rid of graffiti

  • Paint can be used to cover over graffiti on smooth, painted surfaces. It is a low cost and relatively safe product compared to removing graffiti with some chemical solvents.
  • Chemical removers can be harmful to the user and the environment. You should contact a professional to gather more information about these types of products.
  • Pressure-washing can be effective, using water or water in combination with other products to remove graffiti from a surface. It can, however, wear down the surface being treated.
  • Graffiti Removal Tips

Business owners

  • Get educated. In turn, you can help educate others about the importance of reporting and cleaning up graffiti.
  • Adopt a spot in your neighborhood and ensure it stays clean and free of graffiti.
  • Add or improve lighting around your property to promote natural surveillance.
  • Organize a mural project to cover a wall that is an ongoing target for graffiti. These types of community murals are less likely to be defaced by graffiti and install a sense of local pride in a community.
  • Organize a neighborhood Block Watch. Dedicate a meeting to graffiti and invite police / code enforcement.
  • Make sure your property is well maintained and cared for. Nicely maintained buildings and grounds discourage vandalism.

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