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Graffiti Problem Hits West Richland Now Law Enforcement Ask Lawmakers For Help

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Police throughout the Tri-Cities have reported a serious increase in graffiti. 

The West Richland Police Chief Layne Erdman said his city has seen an increase also, especially in the past month and a half.

Erdman said they are getting more reports of tagging and gang graffiti. 

The West Richland City Council is expected to vote next week about creating a graffiti ordinance.  Other cities in the area have similar programs in place.  They new ordinance would create an abatement program for the city and create stricter punishments for violators.

In West Richland, police have seen graffiti problems at Flat Top Park, the Desert View Mobile Home Community, along Bombing Range Road and at the businesses located near the Yokes supermarket.

Erdman thinks the increase in graffiti is linked to an increase in the gang activity in the city.

West Richland City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance next week.

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