City N 38th St & Sunnyside Ave N
posted by June 18 at 13:26 PMon
Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood has been plastered with urgent warnings to residents. After a series of brutal, late night attacks, Wallingfordians have asked the Seattle Police Department to help them protect…their gardens.
The warning begins:
Someone is defacing shrubs and flowers in the neighborhood. This person is randomly cutting at the trees, shrubs and flowers along our sidewalks. The cuttings are sometimes light trims but there has also been heavy, damaging pruning.
So far, the cutting area goes from Sunnyside to Wallingford and N. 40th to 37th [between] midnight and 6:30 AM.
Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Diane Horswill says the unauthorized pruning has been going on for the last two or three months. “It’s just sort of a creepy thing to do. Somebody is going around and clipping stuff. It doesn’t seem to be targeted at a person. We’ve been doing increased patrols around the area on a sporadic basis [and] the neighbors are trying to be more watchful.”
Horswill says that someone started using hand pruners, or a similar small and easily concealable tool, to snip off small pieces of plants and trees that bordered sidewalks.
Is this some right-of-way vigilante taking back the neighborhood from overgrown shrubbery gone wild? Horswill says “It may have started that way. It may have been somebody who was irritated and [has] gone overboard.”