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Graffiti: Reporting & Resources

How do I report graffiti in Clackamas County?

Graffiti Prevention Tips



  1. Photograph the graffiti.
  2. Note location address.
  3. Notify the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office via one of the options listed at the top of this page.


What is Graffiti?

Graffiti is the words, colors, and shapes drawn or scratched on buildings, overpasses, train cars, desks, and other surfaces. It's done without permission and it's against the law. The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program considers graffiti vandalism.

The term graffiti comes from the Greek word graphein, which means "to write." Graffiti today ranges from simple, one-color monikers -- called "tags" -- to complex compositions of several colors repeated on many surfaces.

Graffiti can be categorized into four basic types:
  1. Tagger
  2. Gang
  3. Communicative
  4. Hate
1. Tagger Graffiti is the most common type of graffiti in the metro region. Tagger graffiti may be simple line-letters, or elaborate, colorful designs. The tag is the writer's logo, his/her stylized personal signature, or "moniker." It is often done with marker, spray paint or other type implement. Tagger graffiti is about personal "fame."

2. Gang Graffiti is meant to create a sense of intimidation and fear within a neighborhood. Gang members use graffiti to mark their territory or turf, declare their allegiance to the gang, advertise a gang’s status or power, and to challenge rivals.

3. Communicative Graffiti is often political or protest related.  It is a message such as “Peace,” “Stop the War,” etc.

4. Hate Graffiti is the making of any offensive slogans, or symbols towards a person’s race, color, religion, ethnicity, culture, or sexual orientation.


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Clackamas County Sheriff

Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff Craig Roberts

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