Vandalized neighborhoods vow to fight back

July 13, 2012 8:14:33 PM PDT
Residents of three Raleigh neighborhoods became victims of vandals Thursday night. They left behind the logo of a local gang in black spray paint.

Starmount is an old, established neighborhood in North Raleigh, but Thursday night vandals blacked out the "Mount" on a sign and left "Star." Officials said it is the logo of a local gang, Black Star.

Those responsible tagged cars, garage doors, fences, mailboxes, and sidewalks all while neighbors slept inside their homes.

Now, the communities are fighting back.

"You want to feel safe in your neighborhood. And we want to be there for each other," said resident Heather Worrell.

"I'm here to basically organize a neighborhood watch," said resident Kelvin Ross. "I mean something like this shouldn't happen in my own neighborhood. Stuff like this is just uncalled for."

Residents are concerned the graffiti was gang-related.

"We've seen a couple cars that had graffiti written on them. Actually the house across the street from our car got tagged," said resident Katherine brown. "So, I'm nervous for myself."

The city cleaned-up most of the graffiti by lunchtime.

But community members said they will work to make sure their neighborhood don't become victims again.

Raleigh police said there were 24 incidents overnight in the three adjoining neighborhoods - Starmount, Broadlands, and Sedgefield Pines. Investigators believe the tagging is more of an act of vandalism than gang-directed.

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