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City to Pay $5,000 to Citizens for Helping Catch Graffiti Taggers

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This is nothing new, but on today's City Council agenda (.pdf) are motions to pay $1,000 to citizens for helping police catch taggers in five different locations around Los Angeles:

COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHIEF OF POLICE relative to a graffiti apprehension reward payment for a graffiti vandalism incident that occurred at 1845 Daly Street on August 13, 2008. Recommendations for Council action:

1. APPROVE the $1,000 graffiti apprehension reward payment for a graffiti vandalism incident that occurred at 1845 Daly Street on August 13, 2008.

2. AUTHORIZE the City Clerk to pay this claim from the Vandalism and Graffiti Trust Fund No. 870.

Fiscal Impact Statement: None submitted by the Police Department. Neither the City Administrative Officer nor the Chief Legislative Analyst has completed a financial analysis of this report.

You probably couldn't make a living being full time graffiti bounty hunter, but it's always a good reminder to say that if you see someone tagging, it is a 911 call. After all, each year, a few people are murdered in LA County after approaching taggers. To get graffiti cleaned up in your LA neighborhood, call 311 or use this form.