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Graffiti Problem Upsets Summerlin Residents

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LAS VEGAS -- Residents in a Summerlin neighborhood are upset over a recent increase of graffiti in their neighborhood. They want the graffiti cleaned up quicker.

In a neighborhood near Town Center Drive and Summerlin Parkway some of the graffiti has been there for more than a month. There are also taggings on pavement, electrical boxes and the seating area near a bus stop along Town Center Drive.

Richard Soltis has to walk or drive by the graffiti daily  as he heads to and from work.

"I see fresh ones here and there," Soltis said.

He has noticed an increase recently and is concerned gangs are behind the taggings.

"It kind of makes me think the neighborhood is not safe when something like this is happening," Soltis said.

He says he keeps seeing the name "Raven" popping on these taggings. The different-colored graffiti also makes him wonder if different gangs are trying to make their mark on his neighborhood.

"It's not something I want to see in this area," he said.

"It depreciates the property value and it makes people feel uncomfortable," said Metro Police officer Larry Hadfield.

He can't comment whether or not there is gang activity in this area of Summerlin. He says the graffiti investigation unit is responsible for looking into those incidents. The key thing, he says, is for people report the cases as soon as they see them.

"If officers can get out there soon enough and catch these people, it's a lot easier to prosecute," Hadfield said.

Each year, the city of Las Vegas spends $750,000 to clean up graffiti. Soltis hopes the unwanted markings will soon be gone from his community.

Use this link to report graffiti to the city of Las Vegas. The county has a hotline, you can find information here.

 

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