The Lynnwood Police Department Community Health and Safety Section’s new Graffiti Removal Unit was on scene last weekend to provide focused support to a neighborhood recently overrun by unsightly graffiti.
This effort brought together people from the police department’s volunteer programs and other community service workers. Many residents on 208th Street from 52nd Avenue West to Highway 99 came out to help, wielding paint supplies of their own, refreshments and lots of energy.
“Graffiti is not only destructive to property but diminishes the quality of life for residents and business owners” said T.J. Brooks, Sergeant of the Community Health and Safety Section of the Lynnwood Police Department. “We have a team of dedicated volunteers who make weekly patrols of the City. They are trained to remove graffiti on utility boxes, dumpsters, city signs or city property.”
The Lynnwood Police encourage home owners to remove graffiti on their property as soon as possible to deter further destruction. In special circumstances, the department will assist residents and businesses who need more support for their clean up.
The Graffiti Removal Unit is nearly cost-free to the city due to the support of Miller Paint who provides supplies and paint. The van was procured from the Public Works Department. Rather than being auctioned off, it was repurposed for this new program.
Brooks added, “we thoroughly investigate all graffiti crimes which range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the level of damage. Over $250 is a felony.”
What to do if you find graffiti on your property:
Call – Contact 911. An officer will take a report and photograph the damage.
Remove – Studies show that removal of graffiti within 24-48 hours reduces a recurrence considerably.
Record – To aid prosecution and restitution, please be sure to document your estimates and costs of surface restoration.
Interested in helping out with future clean ups? Contact a Crime Prevention Specialist at 425-670-5639 or 425-670-5635 or email NLi@ci.lynnwood.wa.us.