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What is graffiti?
Graffiti is not just words or symbols sprayed on a wall. It is an act of malicious mischief (LMC 9.28.020) that costs thousands of dollars from private citizens and public resources to clean up every year.
What is Lacey doing about the problem of graffiti?
The City or Lacey considers graffiti to be a serious issue that affects our quality of life. If not immediately removed, graffiti can be perceived to send out the message that "no one cares" about the area. This has been shown to create an open invitation for more graffiti, property damage, littering, and loitering. As a result of graffiti, pride in a community may decrease, businesses may suffer, and neighborhoods as a whole can deteriorate. Rapid removal of graffiti is the most effective way to reduce incidents in the community.
Notifying the Police Department enables officers to track and identify graffiti. This may result in apprehension of the suspect and/or assist in cost recovery for the property owner. Also, police officers will help determine if the graffiti is gang related or part of a larger problem. In most cases, police officers will photograph the graffiti for potential future prosecution and to assist with cost recovery.
Although the City of Lacey dedicates resources to control graffiti on public property, the City cannot be effective acting alone. Private citizens are encouraged to take active steps toward maintaining their individual property, and organizing neighborhood cleanup efforts. Property owners are encouraged to paint over or remove graffiti as soon as it appears. If the resident is not the legal owner of the property, they are asked to notify the property owner of the graffiti’s presence and request its rapid removal.
How can I help keep Lacey graffiti free?
- Remove graffiti from your property immediately
- Plant shrubs or vines by walls or fences that have graffiti problems
- Install ornamentation such as trellises in areas prone to graffiti
- Keep your home and property well lit at night
- If you see graffiti malicious mischief in progress, call 9-1-1 and report it
Why should I remove the graffiti? I did not put the graffiti there.
Permitting or allowing graffiti to remain on your property is a public nuisance and subject to code enforcement action not promptly removed (LMC 14.40.020).
Graffiti not only makes our residential neighborhoods and business communities look unattractive, it affects property values, business sales, and the community's image. Ignoring graffiti gives the mistaken impression that it is acceptable and only invites more graffiti. It takes awareness, support, and the participation of our whole community to combat the problem of graffiti.
How can I assist in the cleanup of the City?
Call the Community Resource Unit at 360-456-7792 to report graffiti in need of clean-up within the Lacey city limits. We will need the address/location of the graffiti and a brief description of the graffiti
Contact the Community Resource Unit at (360) 456-7792 or email them at LRO@ci.lacey.wa.us