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San Jose Hires Security, Fights Back Against Rash of Graffiti at City Hall

The 24/7 security will also be designed to help neighboring businesses, who have also been plagued with graffiti.

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    San Jose is about to take a more aggressive approach to battle graffiti taggers who have now hit City Hall four times in four weeks. Robert Handa reports. (Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016)

    San Jose is about to take a more aggressive approach to battle graffiti taggers who have now hit City Hall four times in four weeks.

    The city plans to employ around-the-clock security at City Hall after the rash of vandalism. The 24/7 security will also be designed to help neighboring businesses, who have also been plagued with graffiti.

    "I'm glad they're doing something," neighbor Lou Smith said. "I know there's a tight budget, but there are ways of combating this."

    Smith is helping clean graffiti off the popular 4th Street Pizza restaurant and other businesses that ended up being part of a trail of vandalism that led to City Hall.

    San Jose to Hire Private Security After Graffiti Vandals Strike City Hall, Again

    [BAY] San Jose to Hire Private Security After Graffiti Vandals Strike City Hall, Again
    Graffiti taggers have once again hit San Jose City Hall. LiLi Tan reports.
    (Published Tuesday, April 5, 2016)

    Surveillance video from Monday night shows a group of people tagging a restaurant's wall. Video shows the group starting with a garbage can and then worked their way down a 100-foot stretch with cans of black spray paint. The vandalism happened within five minutes.

    Late Monday's vandalism is the latest in a series of incidents. Last week, a group of eight taggers were caught on surveillance video vandalizing City Hall.

    Mayor Sam Liccardo said the added security should benefit City Hall and neighboring businesses. He promises to reveal a new anti-graffiti plan soon.

    "There are things we can do, probably technology that can help, and we're going to be talking about that quite a bit in the next few weeks," Liccardo said. "We hope to have a significant announcement this month."

    Smith said the city needs to make graffiti a priority.

    "It's frustrating," he said. "Because as far as I'm concerned, it's vandalism."

    San Jose City Hall Vandalized with Graffiti

    [BAY] San Jose City Hall Vandalized with Graffiti
    San Jose City Hall has been vandalized by taggers at least two times in the past three weeks. Chuck Coppola reports.
    (Published Thursday, March 31, 2016)

    Lou Smith is helping out the popular 4th Street Pizza restaurant

    NBC Bay Area's LiLi Tan contributed to this report.

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