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Police reported an increase in graffiti in places throughout the Tri-Cities

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PASCO, Wash. - Police reported an increase in graffiti in places throughout the Tri-Cities.

Pasco Police said graffiti reports peak in April and May.

The old Western Meat Packaging Plant in Pasco is totally covered gang graffiti.     

Pasco Inspection Services Manager Mitch Nickolds said the abandoned plant is now used as a gang hang out.  He said the city fears there could be problems with rival gangs.

He said the building is in the process of being sold.  Nickolds said, " This has a bad affect on property value for people wishing to develop on all this vacant property adjacent to it don't want to look at this out their window or don't want customers to have to deal with it because it would turn them away."

The owner of a nightclub The Golden Nugget in downtown Pasco also said graffiti is a continual problem for him.  Police said some victims fear gang members and don't want to report the graffiti to police, but authorities said many times gang members are looking for a big billboard to advertise for their gang.

Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb said the city of Richland has also seen an increase in graffiti.  He said they are watching it very closely.  Cobb said last summer there was gang activity and taggings at Howard Amon Park.  He said this year they are keeping a close eye on the park.

Police encourage residents to file a police report if they notice graffiti on their property.

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