Minutes - 6/2007
Friday, June 01, 2007 1:30 PM

 Crime Watch Committee Minutes - 6/20/07

Meeting Date: 6/20/07
Meeting Location: Historic Streetcar Station
Meeting Time: 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Number of Attendees: 16 

Agenda: This evening's Crime Watch Committee was replaced by a presentaton by the Merideth Vogland from the St. Paul Police Department regarding Graffiti. The event was sponsored by the District Planning Council and District 10 Community Council


Several printed materials were made available to attendees including handouts with resource numbers for reporting graffiti vandalism to law enforcement and for cleanup. Graffiti in progress should be repported to the police via 9-1-1. A police report can be filed for vandalism to personal property by calling 291-1111. Graffiti on public property can be reported to the Mayor and Council Information and Complaint Office at 266-8989 or via the internet at http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/depts/cso/graffiti/graffiti.html

The Presenter provided examples of the two organized groups primarily responsible for graffiti in the community and explained the difference in motives and meanings behind the two groups' vandalism. Graffiti associated with gang activity typically assigns greater weight to function over form. Graffiti associated with "taggers" is generally places a higher emphasis on the form, is more elaborate, and is sprayed in different locations than gang graffiti. "Taggers" generally via themselves as artists and enjoy the excitement/adventure of their actions.

Ms. Vogland also made available forms for Graffiti Abatement through the city. These forms allow the city to clean up graffiti to personal property at no cost to the property owner.

For copies of the materials provided by the presenter, stop by the the Historic Street Car Station during open hours and ask to view the Crime Watch Committee Binder.

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