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Spokane neighborhood wakes up to cars tagged with blue graffiti

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Imagine getting ready to go to work in your car, only to find graffiti scribbled all over it. Neighbors say at least 3 to 4 cars were tagged with graffiti on Greenwood Boulevard. The graffiti matches in color and looks like it was done by the same person, but people in the neighborhood are fed up.

"It's really frustrating," said Heath Hutchings, who lives in the neighborhood. Hutchings left home Thursday morning only to find something unusual on his street; blue spray paint sprinkled around on a few cars. Before he knew it, his wife texted him a picture. "On the back of her white car on the trunk, was blue spray paint," said Hutchings.

Hutchings says this is by far annoying and his wife is equally upset. After all, they've been living in the area for about 18 years not having too many problems but the area is changing rapidly. "There's been incidents of vandalism, some broken windows. Cars have been hit with eggs, then the graffiti thing today," said Hutchings. He thinks it may be kids or high school kids at fault and they need to stop. "They are doing the same damage whether they break the windows or paint on our car, it's still costing people money. We have to have some sort of response. People can't just wake up and deal with the consequences," said Hutchings.

Police say they are looking into the case after multiple calls. As for the graffiti, KHQ called a car shop that says they don't deal with fixing graffiti on cars often but you should get it off as quickly as possible because it could eat through your car's paint job. One of the best ways to get it off is soap and hot water.

Here are more resources according to the City of Spokane's Police Department:  

Graffiti:

The Spokane Police Department works with the City of Spokane's Neighborhood Services Department to prevent and remove graffiti.

Graffiti Prevention:

Property owners can take steps to prevent graffiti tagging on their property. Here are a few tips to keep you property graffiti-free.

Create a barrier using vegetation or a fence to ward off potential graffiti vandals.

Use materials and surfaces that make graffiti vandalism difficult: apply a clear coat finish to protect painted and unpainted surfaces and use protective film covering on windows.

Keep your property well-lit and install flashing motion-sensor lighting.

Install surveillance cameras to monitor activity on your property.

Join or form organizations for your local business or neighborhood group.

To report graffiti on your own property, call Crime Check at 509.456.2233, photograph, and remove.

Report Graffiti:

If you are witnessing a crime in progress, call 911. If you need to report a location that has graffiti, please visit our reporting tool or call My Spokane at 509.755.CITY. If you have a digital photograph of the graffiti, this can be submitted electronically via the reporting tool.

Remove Graffiti:

There are several methods of removing graffiti, the most common being simply to paint over it.

Per the City of Spokane Municipal code, 10.10.090, property owners are required to remove the graffiti within ten (10) days of notification from the City of Spokane.

If you have questions, please call Code Enforcement at 509.625.6083.

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