City Publishes First ‘Burien Business Watch’ Crime-Related Email Newsletter


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The city, in conjunction with Burien Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office, released its first-ever ‘Burien Business Watch’ crime-related email newsletter Friday (Aug. 5), aimed at helping local businesspeople fight crime by staying informed and connected.

“Our purpose is to communicate with you, the business community, in three specific areas,” reads the first email. “First, we want to deliver business related crime prevention information. Second, establish a conduit that provides training opportunities. Finally, alert the business community of pertinent crime related issues such as pick pockets (example only). We hope that the information you find in this email will be helpful and informative.”

The first issue focuses on the recent increase in graffiti in B-Town, and includes information on what to do if your business is tagged.

If you’re a local business person who’d like to subscribe to this publication, contact Community Service Officer Nicki Maraulja at Burien Police: (206) 296-3333, email: [email protected] or [email protected].

Here’s the text of the first publication:

Purpose Statement — What We’re About
Welcome to our first Burien Business Watch email! Our purpose is to communicate with you, the business community, in three specific areas. First, we want to deliver business related crime prevention information. Second, establish a conduit that provides training opportunities. Finally, alert the business community of pertinent crime related issues such as pick pockets (example only). We hope that the information you find in this email will be helpful and informative. Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or topics that you would like covered in future emails. Thanks for joining us!

ALERT: Currently, Burien is seeing an increase in graffiti.
Unfortunately, it appears that individuals have increased their propensity to use graffiti in Burien. Quick reporting and removal of graffiti will help stop additional tagging. Business owners should contact the City of Burien via the City website www.burienwa.gov to report all graffiti. The Code Enforcement Officer or a Police Officer may come to your location, document, and photograph the tag. If the business covers up the tag, we ask that you document the tag and send a picture of the tag, including the location, date and time to [email protected]. This is an important step as many times officers can identify the perpetrator based on their tags. After the initial response, we will work with property owners to remove or paint over the graffiti in the most efficient manner possible. It may take a number of times. Typically perpetrators will return and retag. However, they eventually will get tired and move on. The key to success is a quick response.

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2 Responses to “City Publishes First ‘Burien Business Watch’ Crime-Related Email Newsletter”
  1. Loren R. says:

    Why don’t they have the punks who do it clean it up?
    Or maybe some of the punks sitting in juvenile hall playing video games and watching TV could come out and put in the some elbow grease.

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  2. Hotrodgal says:

    In a perfect world, Loren, that would be a great idea but…

    I doubt that giving the perps an invitation to step back on
    the property, which they are already claiming rights
    to (by tagging), would probably compound the problem.

    Running the taggers and gangs totally out of our community
    is the only appropriate solution.

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