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Fountain Street Properties Experience Graffiti

Residents and business owner offer reports on area.

Living in the city, residents often experience . Roxborough often bills itself (correctly) as the city's safest police district, but quality of life issues persist.

Specifically, residents and a business owner reported graffiti tagged on Fountain Street properties—from Manayunk to Roxborough.

Living near the Wissahickon Hills neighborhood in Roxborough, Joyce Regan said her husband's white van was tagged over the weekend for the second time.

"We have lived here all our lives, and I'm very distressed about the vandalism," she said.

About a month ago, Brian Bishara from , near where Regan lives, also experienced spray paint on his business.

"Honestly, for us, it hasn't been a huge problem. We had some on our backdoor, but it looks like kids' initials—not gang symbols," he said.

However, the business owner, which recently  to pave its back lot for parking, is considering some increased security.

"We have been talking about installing security cameras, but aren't sure yet," he said.

Additionally, John Stein from Manayunk reported continued graffiti along the Fountain Street Steps leading to the .

Donna Kennedy, who sometimes works as a freelance photographer for Patch, also reported periodic graffiti in the area.

"We occasionally get it in the parking lot at Fountain and Silverwood. The graffiti network comes right out when we call, and they take care of it," she wrote on the Roxborough-Manayunk Patch Facebook page.

Like she indicated, residents have a few options when graffiti comes around. For general cleanup on buildings and streets, people can file a report with 311. The Philadelphia Antigraffiti Network will clean it up. Additionally, residents may report property damage to , which has .

If businesses or residents have surveillance cameras, they can include them in the Philadelphia Police's  potential vandals.

For Regan, she said her husband feels like nothing can be done after the fact. Bishara, who said the business has mostly avoided crime, agreed.

Regan said she reached out to Patch just to see if her case was an isolated incident: "I'm interested in knowing if other people are experiencing this problem with graffiti."

To report graffiti, people may call 311—contact 215-686-8686.

Barbara H July 16, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I have noticed quite a lot of grafitti heading down Shawmont Ave on the telephone poles and signs. It is getting to be a bit much. 311 has been contacted.
Joyce R July 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I went and reported this to the 5th District Philadelphia Police on Saturday but because the van was not registered in my name they would not take my information. I don't understand why they didn't tell me to call 311 or the Philadelphia Antigraffiti Network. I had to learn this from the Patch article.

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