Gwinnett neighborhood fights graffiti problem

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga.,None - Some Gwinnett County residents say vandals are tarnishing their community's image by spray painting across their entire neighborhood.

Homeowners who live off Cruse Road just north of Pleasant Hill Road told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh they can barely clean up the graffiti before it reappears.

“I’ve done it at least 10 times so far,” Jaime Guadalupe said. "I get up in the morning. I check it every day when I get up. If they painted the graffiti, I go over and take care of it on the spot."

Across the street from Guadalupe’s home, along James Road, Kavanaugh spotted another vandalized fence with patches of graffiti. Kavanaugh reported more graffiti covered the entrances to several subdivisions in the area.

"It keeps getting out of hand. I just graduated from college, and every time I come back home I keep seeing it and it's always there,” resident Brian Hunter said.

Residents fear its keep people from moving into their community.

"If I want to buy a house around here and I see (this), I'm not going to want to move around here,” resident Juan Rosario said. Guadalupe believes law enforcement does what they can, but often feels it's a losing battle. Still, he told Kavanaugh he will continue to fight.

"They do it one night and I take care of it in the morning," he said.

Gwinnett County Police told Kavanaugh they have several active investigations in this area and they urged neighbors to report the vandalism so it can be documented. Authorities told Kavanaugh homeowners should get rid of the graffiti quickly or risk empowering the vandals.