SEATTLE – The city of Seattle is rolling out a graffiti removal program that's free to the public.
Seattle Public Utilities will deliver supplies to help people paint over graffiti in their community starting Monday.
Residents can go online to SPU’s website and fill out a form to request brown, white or gray paint. They can also order rollers, gloves and buckets.
SPU says easy targets for vandals are vacant lots, dumpsters and utility boxes. But, if graffiti is removed within 72 hours after a property had been tagged, it deters taggers from coming back.
"I do think it works. I think rapid removal is a great technique. I think what it shows the community doesn’t want the problem in their neighborhood or is willing to actively address it,” said Daniel Sims with SPU’s graffiti removal program.
People unable to physically paint over the graffiti can sign a waiver and a volunteer will come out and remove the graffiti.