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Spray Paint by Numbers

August 17, 2010 Published in the September 2010 issue of Seattle Met

857
Number of times the Seattle Police Department responded to graffiti complaints in 2009

43
Number of those incident reports SPD sent to the city attorney for prosecution

$1.8 million
Amount the city spent on graffiti clean up in 2009

$100
Amount the city fines building owners per day for not cleaning graffiti from their structures

4
Number of times police have charged a 22-year-old graffiti suspect—believed to have painted the word “Zeb” all over the city—with vandalism since 2006

59
Percent of city-survey respondents who said graffiti was either “not a problem” or only “a small problem”

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