West Seattle Crime Watch: Delridge harassment; hydrant vandalism

First, from seattlepi.com, a Delridge man has told police he’s being harassed – with his truck repeatedly egged, and a swastika drawn on it. Second, a vandalism report from the WSB inbox tonight, sent by Shannon:

I wanted to report some new activity in our area. When we woke up this morning we noticed that someone had spray-painted some type of graffiti on the fire hydrants in bright orange paint. On the way to work, I realized the graffiti was on all the hydrants along 48th Avenue between Brandon and Raymond [map]. We made a police report – hope this isn’t signs of more to come. I park on that street and will definitely be bringing everything in from my car tonight – CD player, CDs, etc.

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Delridge harassment; hydrant vandalism"

  • Mater April 10, 2009 (10:12 pm)

    I live in the same general area and they must’ve hit the whole neighborhood last night. The Juneau Market now has spray paint on the side of the building and I think there was some across the street on another building also. This really pisses me off.

  • old timer April 10, 2009 (11:22 pm)

    On my walk to/from The Junction today, I noticed a fireplug all tagged up in white, and the Rite-aid is horribly marked on it’s north wall.
    The fireplug tag is sort of a dog-to-dog message, but the mess on the Rite-aid wall is an assault on the community.
    I hope they get it covered up quickly.

  • Mustafa April 11, 2009 (10:08 am)

    Historically, tagging was used by gangs to identify drug selling turf. Now, it seems to be more used more for sh*ts and giggles and the thrill of getting away with something. Yes, that pisses me off too. Keep in mind that most taggers will return to admire their work. If you see kids bragging or laughing about a particular piece of vandalism, delicately follow them then call the police, please. The police may recognize them, they may have warrants, and they may hopefully get busted.

  • guinivere April 13, 2009 (7:13 am)

    I have worked with gang members over the last year as a counselor. What I continue to here is that gang tensions are high and rising. I don’t know anything else than that. And obviously,just by reading the newspaper something is afoot.

  • Bill Hoffman April 14, 2009 (11:10 am)

    They also tagged a number of city signs (no parking, do not enter, stop signs) along Erskine Way SW from California Ave SW to about 47th Ave SW. The problem is Rite Aid, which is actually in the Sea View neighborhood, has not found a super cheap way to control the constant tagging of their store and when the kids finish with the store they fan out and tag the neighborhood around the store. Rite Aid needs to step up and hire 24 security and the Seattle Police Dept. needs to recognize this particular store parking lot for what it is … a magnate for illicit drug dealing. These kids are marking their territory. I lived in LA for some 17 years and believe me, if a solution isn’t found (and it starts with the local business establishments and law enforcement), the problem will get a lot worse. Rite Aid needs to step up and take responsibility for what’s happening on their property, both during and after store hours.

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