Thursday, March 7, 2013

UG approves resolution increasing graffiti punishments

Bad news for those interested in putting graffiti up across Wyandotte County.

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to increase penalties and rewards for reporting graffiti and suspects to law enforcement.

A $250 fine will now be issued for the first graffiti offense, with the fees kicking up to $500 for the second offense and any additional offense.

On the other end, citizens who report information that leads to the arrest of those who put up graffiti will be rewarded $250, an increase from the $100 reward that was in the books before Thursday's UG meeting.

Other highlights of the new graffiti policy, courtesy of the UG agenda:
• Generally prohibits the possession of graffiti implements by juveniles at any time.

• Retailers are required to display spray paint and broad tip markers in areas which can be continually observed by employees or in areas which are not accessible to the public without employee assistance.

• Fines for anyone selling spray paint to a minor increased from $100 to $250 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.

• District Attorney now able to file charges under the city ordinance for possession of graffiti implements.