1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
February 09, 2005 00:00
Graffiti is a problem throughout the city. Vandals sometimes referred to as “taggers” draw or paint graffiti on walls, billboards, street signs, fences, public utility property, transit property, trains, and anywhere else it is likely to be seen. This activity affects neighborhood livability by creating an eyesore wherever it is applied. It also costs private property owners, and members of the community money to clean it up. Sometimes property is damaged beyond repair and must be replaced, also at great expense.
Certain “tags” have appeared often in Portland lately. “TORMENT” has been seen almost 40 times in neighborhoods of Southeast, Northwest and Northeast Portland. It has appeared up and down Northeast Alberta Street. “DELK” is a tag seen over 60 times around town including Southeast Portland near Southeast 12th and Hawthorne. “KILLAHOE” and “CAVEMAN” are “tags” that have been reported a dozen or more times and often appear together.
“Taggers” are known to keep notebooks full of their own tags as they practice and change their style. They sometimes draw their “tags” in their own homes as well. Sometimes people use more than one “tag.”
Graffiti is applied in places it will be seen. Sometimes vandals are caught in the act, other times they are caught through tips or police investigation. By publicizing these common “tags” police hope to find the people responsible and hold them accountable for the damage they have done. Anyone who sees vandalism in progress is encouraged to call police right away.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
Sgt. Pete Simpson
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