Nova Scotia

Vandals spray paint Dartmouth homes

Vandals went on a graffiti spree in Dartmouth, N.S., overnight Monday, tagging homes, cars and walls.

Vandals went on a graffiti spree in Dartmouth, N.S., overnight Monday, tagging homes, cars and walls.

Halifax Regional Police said they are investigating if the incident was gang related.

"Gang graffiti is to stake claim to territory, send messages, send challenges, send secret information about potential drug sales," said Const. Gerry Murney.

He recognized the tags and said they have shown up in this neighbourhood before.

Officers spent the morning photographing the graffiti and talking to residents who live in the buildings to collect clues to help them find the culprits.

Residents on the streets around Pinecrest Drive said it isn't the first time this area has been targeted.

Vandals hit three apartment complexes in the area, as well as homes on Brule Street.

Residents fed up

Diane Supple said it is a vicious circle.

"It makes it hard because they're trying to fix the street up. I've been here six years and it's been fixed up a lot in six years," she said.

"Something like this happens and then the street gets a bad name — the whole street gets a bad name. Not everyone on this street is like that. There's a lot of good people on this street, too."

Mike Burges, the owner of one of the tagged buildings, has had enough of cleaning up the graffiti at his expense, only to find new markings.

"These people are destroying and invading other's properties. It's a lack of respect," he said.

"It violates the basic human rights. They should be held accountable. They need to be held accountable."

Creating graffiti is a criminal offence and police say they've been arresting more vandals lately. The hope to make arrests in the Dartmouth case, too.

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