Friday, June 12, 2009

Neighborhood Walkabout on June 16, 2009

Park Avenue Neighborhood's June meeting is next week, on Tuesday night, starting at 6:30pm.
This month's meeting is a Neighborhood Walkabout.

We will NOT be meeting at our usual place this month. Instead, we will be starting our walkabout at the corner of S 61st & S G Street, right next to the "old store" (some remember this as the neighborhood penny candy store).

Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes. We will be walking a few blocks that evening.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Graffiti Season is Here

Graffiti season is here and our neighborhood is getting hit nearly every night. I've been getting reports from our neighborhood patrol and others of new tagging each day.

Tonight, some of our neighbors even witnessed the tagging in action by kids, caucasian, aged 12-15, boys and girls, with backpacks containing spray cans. Some are wearing red t-shirts. The tags usually have initials, probably the signature of the tagger.

Here's what you can do to control this activity: Report ALL graffiti to police non-emergency (798-4721) and Tacoma CARES (591-5001). Paint over the graffiti IMMEDIATELY, this is the ONLY way to send a message we will not tolerate this activity. Also, it frustrates the tagger because their tags go virtually unnoticed.

If you see graffiti in process, CALL 911, give the best description of the tagger(s) as possible. Pay attention to their clothing, height, build, sex, race, hair color and other distinguishing characteristics. This will help police stop the taggers even if they do not see them in action.

Also, don't forget to use your phone tree and call your neighbors to tell them what is going on. If tagging is going on and suddenly everyone on your block appears on the street or the alley, the criminals will know they are being watched and will move on.

Take care and stay safe!