Non Emergency Contacts
Submit a Tip / Report an Incident
In The News
The Gang Threat to Communities
The Current Effort
We Need Your Help


Gang Graffiti vs. Tagger Graffiti
Not All Graffiti is Gang Related

Gang Graffiti
Graffiti that promotes a gang.  Used by gangs to:

  • Mark territory
  • Intimidate residents
  • Challenge other gangs
  • Provide responses to rival gangs
  • Attempt to display strength/status

Tagger Graffiti
Graffiti that promotes an individual.

A tagger is a person who seeks notoriety by vandalizing properties without getting caught. Taggers may work in groups referred to as "crews" but they are not considered gangs.

Taggers view their graffiti as artistic and vandalize for:

  • Visibility
  • Notoriety among the public or other taggers
  • The thrill of the act
  • To challenge rival taggers or tagging crews
  • To express views or social commentary

Gang vs. Tagger Graffiti Comparison

 Gang Graffiti:


  • Uses gang signs and symbols
  • Legible but un-styled
  • One solid color
  • Found in easy to reach places (walls, fences, dumpsters)
  • Crossed or X'ed out
  • Gang member names are small
  • Gang name is prominent

 Tagger Graffiti:


  • Obvious effort and design
  • Graphic
  • Difficult to read, balloon-like or bubble fonts
  • Multi-colored
  • Found in hard to reach places (billboards, freeway signs, bridges, building tops).
  • Tags are on top of one other
  • Tagger name is prominent

Tips for Dealing with Graffiti   

To Report Graffiti, Call Crime Check at 509-456-2233
To Report Graffiti in Progress, call 911 Immediately


Tagger Graffiti Examples
view all examples

Gang Graffiti Examples
view all examples

  The Gang Threat   The Current Effort   We Need Your Help  
  The Threat   What Is Being Done   Help Anonymously  
  What is a Gang?   Prevention & Intervention   What Gang Activity To Report  
  Organized Crime and Gangs   Faith Based Efforts   Submit an Anonymous Tip or Incident  
  Spokane Area Gangs   At-Risk Youth Efforts   Check on Tip Status  
    Parents, Educators & Community   Link to Stop Spokane Gangs  

What Youth Need to Know

  Terms, Conditions and Privacy Policy  
    Gang & Tagger Graffiti    

Other Anti-Gang Crime Efforts

      In the News