"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."
Unfortunately, it appears that on Christmas Eve vandals were indeed stirring, painting graffiti in Kirkland's Everest neighborhood.
On Christmas Eve, vandals painted grafitti in a dozen locations along Sixth Street South between Kirkland Avenue and the Google campus at 747 Sixth Street. The vandals tagged street signs, fences, mailboxes and even garbage cans.
As an owner of property in Seattle who constantly has to deal with graffiti vandalism, I know all too well the costs involved in graffiti removal, the negative effect graffiti has on neighborhood pride, not to mention the drop in property values associated with neighborhoods which allow such vandalism to exist.
The damaged property needs to be restored as soon as possible lest it invite more vandalism.
Painting graffiti on private or public property is a crime. It is not art. It is not an acceptable avenue of artistic expression. It is not merely an eyesore.
It is a crime and the perpetrators should be punished to the maximum extent of the law.
If you witness graffiti in the act, please call the Police Department at 425-587-3400.
Report any graffiti you see to Kirkland's Anti-Graffiti Hotline at 425-587-3824.
If you see graffiti in your neighborhood, take a photo and send it to Tips@KirklandViews.com
For information on how to remove graffiti, please visit the City of Kirkland Anti-Graffiti Webpage