Report Graffiti Vandalism
- When graffiti is “occurring now”, or if you are a witness to graffiti vandalism while it is happening, call 9-1-1
- When graffiti appears on your property, or someone else’s property, notify the Tigard Police Department by calling the non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111
Graffiti means any inscription, word, figure or design that is marked, etched, scratched, drawn or painted on any surface with paint, ink, chalk, dye, other similar substance or placement of stickers or appliques, regardless of content, without authorization from the responsible party for the property.
Research has shown that removal within 24-48 hours is effective in discouraging repeat vandalism. Graffiti, whether gang-related or not, has a negative effect on a resident’s feeling of safety in their neighborhood. It creates a perception (whether factual or not) that crime is on the rise and gangs are moving into the area. When graffiti appears and is left up indefinitely, it sends a signal that people just don’t care, which in turn attracts other forms of crime and delinquency to the neighborhood.
The City of Tigard does have a graffiti ordinance in effect under Tigard Municipal Code 6.02.060. Property owners have 14 days from the date of notice to remove graffiti from their property. Failure to remove the graffiti can result in a civil infraction for which a fine can be imposed up to $100 fine per day, until the graffiti is removed. The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage prompt removal of graffiti after the incident is reported to the Tigard Police Department. It also discourages graffiti from remaining in place for extended periods of time, which can also encourage additional graffiti. The Tigard Police Department recognizes there could be several factors for which graffiti might not be able to be removed within those 14 days and will work with the property owner to accomplish compliance.
If your property is targeted regularly with graffiti, consider making some changes by:
- Removing graffiti as soon as possible when it occurs
- Adding barriers or planting thorny vegetation to prevent access to vulnerable spaces
- Installing lighting
- Moving dumpsters, ladders, pallets or covering drainpipes to prevent climbing
- Using graffiti resistant coating to surfaces to make it easier to clean up
- Adding a mural or a different paint color to discourage graffiti
The City of Tigard partners with Beaverton's Dispute Resolution Center to offer free mediation services to Tigard residents. The Dispute Resolution Center provides six (6) mediation programs tailored to customer needs:
- Neighborhood Mediation
- Landlord / Tenant Mediation
- Homeowners Association Mediation
- Manufactured Dwelling Park Mediation
- Business / Consumer Mediation
- Elder Mediation
For more information including hours and availability, or for information about the mediation process, training and events, and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Dispute Resolution Center. Dispute Resolution Center BeavertonOregon.gov/DisputeResolution firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 503-526-2523 TTY/TDD
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a negotiation process where a neutral third party, a mediator, helps parties work together to resolve conflict. The mediator doesn't solve problems, but does help parties work together toward a mutually beneficial resolution. The parties have complete control throughout the process, jointly seeking the best possible resolution, while preserving important relationships. Because parties take responsibility for their own solutions, they are more likely to keep their agreements.
The Dispute Resolution Center does not handle disputes in which there is a pattern of violence or physical abuse between parties, when a party is impaired by drugs or alcohol, in cases where a person cannot adequately represent him or herself, where one party refuses to willingly participate, or where a party is unwilling to negotiate in good faith.
Take Charge! Self Defense for Women
The Tigard Police Department offers an occasional course in self-defense. Take Charge self-defense classes are designed to teach you skills of self-defense to help you defend against sexual assault. The physical techniques taught in the course are designed with a woman's natural strength and ability in mind.
||Tigard Police Department
||Shelly Wert, 503-718-2562 (Contact Shelly to be placed on the class waiting list.)
||12 years to 90 (Program geared for ALL levels of physical ability)
Class instruction and demonstrations will allow you to decrease your vulnerability and give you a new sense of confidence and personal power. Class activities and discussions are designed to help women identify their risks, evaluate their strengths, and explore their options for dealing with the threat of sexual violence.
Physical self-defense is most effective when vulnerable areas of the body are targeted. Some of the skills taught will include multiple strikes to vulnerable areas, as well as escapes from choke holds, body grabs, wrist grasps, and defense techniques from the ground.Sponsored by Tigard Police Department
Sex Offender FAQs
Frequently asked questions regarding sex offenders.
- Are all sex offenders required to register?
- Are all sex offenders monitored and supervised?
- How can I get a list of sex offenders in my neighborhood?
Find the answers to all of these questions and more here.
Inquiries regarding this information can be directed to the Tigard Police Crime Prevention Officer, Jim Wolf at 503-718-2561 or email@example.com for more information.