Reminder: West Seattle Crime Prevention Council tackles graffiti Tuesday

March 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm | In West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

Graffiti vandalism – whether gang-related (most isn’t) or not – is a perennial problem. What’s being done about it? What should you do if you see it? One more reminder is just in from the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council – that’s their spotlight topic this Tuesday night:

Most people don’t know that the Seattle Police Department has a detective solely devoted to graffiti crimes. Detective Christopher Young will discuss all aspects of graffiti crimes including the reporting of graffiti, how to identify gang graffiti, the prosecution of graffiti crimes, ways to deter graffiti, and how graffiti is often correlated with more serious crimes.

Everyone’s welcome – 7 pm Tuesday (March 19th), Southwest Precinct meeting room (right off the parking lot, enter from SW Webster just west of Delridge). As always, police will discuss recent crime trends, and there’s time for attendees to bring up their neighborhood concerns too.


  1. Little creeps allready tagged the castle playground and it’s not even open yet with a 6 foot fence around it. Wish I was there when they did it.

    Comment by no man — 8:29 pm March 17, 2013 #

  2. There is A LOT of grafitti lately. Not only in WS but all over Seattle. I hate it!

    Comment by E — 9:50 pm March 17, 2013 #

  3. Catch the guy who tags “MONK”, and you will take care of 50% of the graffiti problems in West Seattle and White Center.

    Comment by Watchdog — 9:54 pm March 17, 2013 #

  4. I’ve seen that “MONK” tagged all over West Seattle, even over a freeway sign on 599. Seeing property tagged really burns me up. Keep a lookout for this guy.

    Comment by megabit — 12:28 am March 18, 2013 #

  5. I am pretty sure “Monk” is a frequent tag that young taggers and artists are writing referencing urban artist “Jaybo Monk” -a musician and a “street artist” out of Berlin. He doesn’t live in WS. :)

    Comment by westseattledood — 1:22 am March 18, 2013 #

  6. ASAP is also a big one. They just got our neighborhood (Seaview).

    Comment by E — 8:03 am March 18, 2013 #

  7. If they ever catch these destructive vandals, their punishment should be at least a year’s worth of cleaning up the mess they leave in their wake.
    “art” my *ss.

    Comment by anti-obstruction — 8:42 am March 18, 2013 #

  8. How about along I-5 through seattle and I-90 exit it looks like crap. Goes up quicker than the paint can dry covering the old. If they want to use cameras why don’t they put some up in areas that need them ? or do they infringe on the the street artist and homeless peoples rights ? It sure has got worse in the last 5yrs. They need to spend some time to catch this people and fine them for all cost they cause or get them out there repainting and cleaning up this town. But then this is Seattle and they probably will just call it art and give them a key to the city.

    Comment by wetone — 9:41 am March 18, 2013 #

  9. @ wetone & anti-obstruction – Spot on.

    Comment by Deep In the Heart of Delridge — 2:27 pm March 18, 2013 #

  10. If you are looking for positive and creative ways to eradicate and reduce graffiti, and improve the physical beauty of your neighborhood, please attend this year’s Gathering of Neighbors on May 4th, beginning at 9am and ending at 3pm, at Chief Sealth High School. Representatives from the Dept. of Neighborhoods, Seattle Public Utilities, SPD, school officials, and Delridge/West Seattle community groups, will be there to provide the public with an array of resources and support to create murals, rain gardens, plan cleanup events, as well as, paint out graffiti. There will also be a panel discussion on the pros and cons of electing City Councilmembers by districts.

    Comment by Ron Angeles — 8:57 am March 19, 2013 #

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