Pradeep Hatcher

Recent numbers show positive trend in fighting graffiti

Pradeep Hatcher, Public Information Assistant, No Phone Number Available

Friday, January 15, 2016 at 9:12 a.m.

Updated: 02-03-2016

Graffiti can be frustrating, but City Code Enforcement has made it as easy and painless as possible to get graffiti reported and removed. And recent numbers are definitely encouraging.

Since July of 2014, people have sent in 1,019 graffiti complaints (with four already in 2016). Voluntary compliance to remove the graffiti has gone up, as property owners have stepped up to help clean up. In 2014, the voluntary compliance rate was 91 percent. Last year, that rate rose to 94 percent.

The online graffiti tool makes reporting graffiti an easy process. Not only can you describe exactly what the graffiti looks like, the mapping tool can identify the property if you don't know its address, and pictures can be uploaded from your phone or computer to show Code Enforcement staff what to look for.

You'll need to set up a MySpokane account, if you don't already have one, to use the tool. That will help Code Enforcement officers get in touch with you, if necessary, as they investigate the complaint. Paper forms are also available online or by calling Code Enforcement at 509.625.6083.

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