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Don’t Let Gang Graffiti Fester

By Greg L | 20 November 2008 | Crime, Prince William County | 12 Comments

A week ago some MS-13 graffiti showed up on Sudley Manor Drive.  Today when the Crime Prevention Team of Help Save Manassas showed up to remove it, Surenos 13 had been by to add their “voice”, or more accurately to oppose the expansion of MS-13 turf into the townhouse complex near the Sudley Community Center.  It’s another object lesson of what happens when people allow gang graffiti to remain. Leave gang graffiti up for any amount of time, and you’ll get swamped by more of it.

Homeowner’s associations have helped to abate graffiti when it shows up, but increasingly the amount of graffiti that appears at one time can overwhelm the ability of currently cash-strapped HOAs to react.  Responding to these incidents effectively is a lot easier when civic organizations can lend a hand and provide additional resources.  Whether it’s helping out the Clean Community Council, the Help Save Manassas Crime Prevention Team, or some other group of residents that won’t tolerate street gangs trashing our community, this is an incredibly worthwhile way to help your community be a better place.  Your community could really use the help.

Sometimes sitting on the couch and complaining doesn’t fix the problems you’d like to see fixed.  Right now we got a lot of folks on the couch, and we could use them to handle this:

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  1. ben said on 21 Nov 2008 at 5:39 am:
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    good job help save manassas for helping out the community.

  2. 40 years in Woodbridge said on 21 Nov 2008 at 6:20 am:
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    and people were questioning if the others stuff was ligit….they have their answers now when the rest of us already knew

  3. DportM said on 21 Nov 2008 at 6:42 am:
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    Just for clarification, the above photos are from Irongate. The first photo is a new tagging, and the last two photos are of the gang graffiti we cleaned up yesterday. Because the initial gang graffiti wasn’t cleaned up, they continued to tag elsewhere in Irongate.

    With respect to the Sudley gang graffiti, the Homeowner’s Association has been notified by Property Code Enforcement of the gang graffiti on the brick walls, and the notices to the homeowner’s of the wooden fences that have gang graffiti are being handed out by Property Code Enforcement.

    Once the notices are given to the homeowner’s in Sudley, we can go out and take care of those as well.

    Anyone who wants to help, please contact us through the Help Save Manassas website.

    We could use the help!

  4. Tom Ridge said on 21 Nov 2008 at 9:14 am:
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    Aw, c’mon, it’s just a bunch of kids or better yet, “sour grapes” Republicans. Relax, “hope” and “change” are imminent.

  5. Loudoun Insider said on 21 Nov 2008 at 9:58 am:
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    Disgusting. Those caught doing this should be tied up to that same fence for a few days.

  6. chicko said on 21 Nov 2008 at 10:57 am:
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    they can tie them to a fence, just like they did to that guy in the movie “the cowboy way” but you never know, they might like that :(

  7. Belle Hertanez said on 21 Nov 2008 at 12:06 pm:
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    How nice! Spraying graffiti more rewarding to them than reading to kindergarten students after school, teaching neighborhood kids how to play flag football, or collecting clothes for the ACTS homeless shelter :x

  8. Belle Hertanez said on 21 Nov 2008 at 12:07 pm:
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    *is more

  9. Anonymous said on 21 Nov 2008 at 1:24 pm:
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    DportM said on 21 Nov 2008 at 6:42 am: Flag comment
    Just for clarification, the above photos are from Irongate.

    I would suspect that that those people who live in Irongate (who do the jobs Americans won’t) are just advertising that they are there and available when needed.) sarcasim

    Since we seldom hear of anyone getting caught in the act of putting up gang graffiti, maybe the county should do some “tagging” of their own by putting up signs in graffiti prone areas citing the penalty for the act and offer a reward to anyone turning in the “artist.”

  10. anonymous said on 21 Nov 2008 at 3:11 pm:
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    “citing the penalty for the act”

    Putting the code section on the sign would be helpful as well, so the officer knows what to write on the summons.

  11. Love the USA said on 21 Nov 2008 at 4:24 pm:
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    They would just spray paint over the sign too.

  12. Mando said on 21 Nov 2008 at 5:07 pm:
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    Why not use motion cameras in prone areas?

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