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Spokane woman on a mission to stop neighborhood tagging

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Enough is enough.  A Spokane woman born and raised here, says in the last week, her home has been tagged five times. She’s made it her mission to save the neighborhood by creating a neighborhood block watch. She wants it to be a safe area.

Each neighborhood has its quirks. It comes with the territory. Some could be nuisance neighbors, others could be vandalism. "We've been keeping an eye on things," said Katy Byrnes.

It's no Beverley Hills where Byrnes lives, she knows that. Right off the corner of Maple Street by I-90, is a big old commercial building built in 1911. It's now her home with her husband and kids. It's a busy area. However, something that happened the other day, crossed the line.  “We've seen some different activity, we've seen some shady characters walk around,” said Byrnes.

New tags showed up on the side of her brick home.  It's tag after tag after tag and there's one big one by her gate that covered the 6x6 foot area. "I was literally ticked off. You wake up and you see a huge block letter tag," said Byrnes.

While reporting it was a good start, Byrnes wanted to do more. That’s where the neighborhood watch program fits in.  "(I want to) let them (my neighbors) know if your business gets tagged, your property gets tagged, and you have any issues, call Crime Check and report it, because the more reporting, the more attention law enforcement will give to our neighborhood and the safer it will be. It's my mission to get out and meet the people in the neighborhood, get to know some of the neighbors,” she said.

It's a simple process to create a neighborhood watch.  You can fill an application out online from the Spokane C.O.P.S. website. Follow the steps by talking to your neighbors. Once you get the application approved, you can set up a meeting.

Byrnes is hoping there will be people that come along and join her.

She also added that she would love to have a painted mural up on the side of her house so that it can deter tagging from happening.

To report graffiti or any kind of tagging, you can call 3-1-1. If you have a digital photograph of the graffiti, it can also be submitted electronically. Click here to learn more.

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