Graffiti Abatement Program

Contact Information
City of Renton
Renton Police Department
Renton, WA 98057

Wipe Out GraffitiGraffiti affects our neighborhoods and city public spaces, the Graffiti Abatement Program works with residents and business owners to stop vandalism, by providing resources and coordination to help clean graffiti.

Residents and business owners can help by reporting new, and already present graffiti vandalism to the Graffiti Abatement Coordinator through Renton Responds or by calling 425-430-7362.  If you witness graffiti vandalism as it is happening call 9-1-1. 

The City of Renton also offers a $300 reward to anyone who with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught committing graffiti related vandalism on any property within the city limits.

Ways to Prevent Graffiti

  •  Report in-progress graffiti activity to 9-1-1.

  • Report information about graffiti vandals or existing graffiti via  Renton Responds or by calling 425-430-7362.

  • 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.

  • Install motion activated lighting in areas frequently vandalized.

  • Install cameras in areas of frequent vandalism.

  • Plant climbing plants, or thorny bushes next to buildings.

  • Organize a mural project for walls frequently targeted. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions

How To Remove Graffiti

  • Paint over. Painting over the graffiti can be cost effective and fast. Use like colored paint and never follow the shape of the graffiti, instead block out the space.
    • Good for nonporous surfaces that plant base solvents did not work.
    • Best for porous surfaces
      • Concrete walls, sidewalks
      • Wood
    • Large tags or murals
  • Graffiti removing plant base solvent. Most hardware stores carry some form of graffiti remover. Test on a small part of the surface first and follow listed manufacturer’s instructions. Always wear gloves and other protective gear when using solvents!
    • Effective on most nonporous surface: plastic, glass, metal
  • Pressure washing. It is recommended to use 3000 psi at an angle to avoid driving the paint further into the surface.  As with paint overs, pressure wash a box over the graffiti do not trace the vandalism.
  • Can be used on concrete walls, sidewalks, stairs, brick walls, wood that has not been stained or weathered.
  • Scraping with a razor blade
  • Stickers
  • Graffiti or paint marker on glass

What to do if Your Property is Vandalized

Three steps should be taken. Document, Report, and Remove:

  • Report the graffiti via Renton Responds. The app will ask for a photo, location and type of graffiti (obscene, gang related). You can also make a report by calling 425-430-7362.

  • Property owners should also file a police report, this can be done by calling 452-235-2121.

  • Remove graffiti from property promptly.

Graffiti information for Business Owners

  • Report the graffiti via Renton Responds. The app will ask for a photo, location and type of graffiti (obscene, gang related). You can also make a report by calling 425-430-7362. Property owners should also file a police report, this can be done by calling 452-235-2121.

  • Contact Building Management to remove graffiti promptly.

  • Inspect outside of building regularly.

  • Add or improve lighting around your property to promote natural surveillance.

  • Install cameras in frequently vandalized areas.

  • 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.

How to get Involved in Graffiti Abatement

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