Mesa Police and West Mesa Citizens Team Up To Battle Gang Graffiti

March 17, 2008

Many of us are familiar with the broken window affect and its relation to criminal activity. When we consider gang-related activity and how it contributes to this affect, one specific type of activity that stands out is gang graffiti. Gang graffiti is a written claim to a gang area or territory that has the potential of intimidating citizens who may live in the affected area. It makes those who may have lived in a neighborhood for many years feel as if they are outsiders in a place they call home.

West Mesa citizens, specifically those who participate in the Dobson Station Community Advisory Board, have taken a unified stance against gang graffiti in their area. The citizens in the specified area helped identify numerous locations affected by gang graffiti. They reported the locations to Community Action officers at the Dobson Station and a list of locations was compiled.

On Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, officers from the Dobson Station Community Action Team will accompany the City of Mesa's Graffiti Paint-Out crew to the list of locations to wipe out gang graffiti. The Mesa Police Department wants to send a very clear message to street gang members who participate in illegal activity. We will continue to arrest those who commit crimes against the members of this community and we will help those who choose to leave the gang lifestyle.

Citizens of Mesa who notice gang graffiti in their neighborhood are encouraged to call the Graffiti Hotline at 480-644-3083. If you suspect gang activity in your neighborhood, call the Gang Hotline at 480-644-GANG.



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Mesa, AZ 85211

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