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Graffiti plague

Warm weather has triggered a rash of graffiti this spring, according to the Superior Police Department. The colorful marks - most often puffy letters - have mainly targeted businesses, although the Girl Scout bonfire area at Billings Park is brim...

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Graffiti covers the fire pit area on Girl Scout Point in Billings Park in Superior. Garbage cans, grills and even walk ways all have "tags" of names like Eroc and Ace. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Warm weather has triggered a rash of graffiti this spring, according to the Superior Police Department.

The colorful marks - most often puffy letters - have mainly targeted businesses, although the Girl Scout bonfire area at Billings Park is brimming with the spray-painted letters. Authorities do not believe the "tagging" is gang-related.

"As far as we know, there haven't been any reported gang activities that coincide with the upsurge in graffiti," said Capt. Matt Markon with the Superior Police Department.

Along with the Billings Park area, downtown businesses and East Second Street are frequent targets. A drive around town Wednesday showed huge pink "tags" along East Second Street that must have taken a good deal of time to create, as well as smaller tags on buildings and even trash cans.

When the Business Improvement District recently contacted the police department, they received a list of tips for dealing with the criminal artwork. They include the following.

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First, property owners should report any new graffiti they find. There are two common themes in the artwork that has cropped up recently, according to Markon, and it's important for police to know if this type of graffiti continues or if something new appears.

After reporting the graffiti, property owners are encouraged to remove it or cover it up as soon as possible.

"I realize this may be both time consuming and possibly expensive for the property owners," Markon wrote to the BID in an e-mail. "But this is a tried and true method that can reduce or eliminate the recurrence of graffiti."

If anyone notices someone spraying graffiti, they should call 911 immediately.

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