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Reporting Graffiti in Your Neighborhood is Easier Than You Think

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Graffiti.  A lot of us see it, but you might not know how to report it. Graffiti. A lot of us see it, but you might not know how to report it.

YAKIMA, WA - Graffiti.  A lot of us see it, but you might not know how to report it.

"If they just stop, we could make our community so much better," said Archie Matthews from Yakima's office of Neighborhood Development.

Reporting it to the proper authorities is actually really easy. Both the city and the county of Yakima set up several ways to contact local law enforcement when you see graffiti.

"It's healthy for us to know where this is taking place so we can know where our deputies need to be emphasizing their time," said Detective Mike Russell from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.

Websites like YakBack allow you to make a difference when it comes to clean up, and looking at the numbers it seems to be working.

"Every single day, I've got a dozen YakBack complaints already this morning," Matthews said.

Staff with the city said it is important to make those reports.  You cannot just start painting over graffiti whenever you feel like it.

If graffiti is on your private property then it's OK to paint it out.  If it's not, you need to file a report with the city or call the sheriff's office if it's outside city limits.

"If it's something that they see in progress, we encourage people to call right away for the hope that we might have a deputy in the area that can stop by and pick up the people that are involved in this and address it that way," Detective Russell said.

And when it comes to clean up, the city has you covered.  You can go to the code's department's website and fill out a paint out graffiti property owner permission form.

The city will send a painter to come and clean up the graffiti for free.  Crews bring the paint, or you can supply your own.

"The city has one full-time graffiti paint out guy, one trying to serve 90,000 people," Matthews said.

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