I have recently heard from several Green Lake residents who have noticed an increase in graffiti in the neighborhood.
Last week, I sat down with Brandon Wright of Green Lake Pressure Washing and Graffiti Removal and asked him to share his observations.
Yes, Brandon confirmed, there has definitely been an recent uptick in the amount of graffiti in Green Lake. “Not only is there more,” he said, “but it has become sloppier.” And, he’s noticed that graffiti reappears faster after being removed than it has in the past.
In recent weeks, Brandon said, graffiti taggers have hit the concrete poles under I-5 twice, as well as several local businesses and the retaining walls of many Green Lake residences.
So, what to do if vandals hit your property? First, call the Seattle Police Department at (206) 625-5011 to file a police report. You should then remove the graffiti as quickly as possible. Brandon reports that graffiti begets more graffiti, so it’s best to act fast, in order to discourage further tagging. As well, property with graffiti that has not been removed in a reasonable amount of time may be subject to fines under the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance.
Brandon often advises people over the phone about how to remove graffiti themselves. He does not charge for this service, and he also does not charge for the removal of gang-related or offensive graffiti.
Tips on preventing graffiti are available from Seattle Public Utilities here. Note that you can call the Seattle Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at (206) 684-7555 for a free assessment of how to prevent graffiti on your property.
If you see graffiti in the neighborhood, you can use the city’s Graffiti Online Report Form or call the Graffiti Report Line at (206) 684-7587 to report it.
And, if you see graffiti in progress, call 911. Graffiti vandals must be caught in the act to be prosecuted.
(Full disclosure: Green Lake Pressure Washing and Graffiti Removal is a My Green Lake advertiser. Brandon offers Green Lake residents a discount, so if you do contact him, be sure to mention that you live in the neighborhood.)