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Graffiti worrying for local business

Andrew Philips

By Andrew Philips, Special to Postmedia Network

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Scott Hewitt said someone keeps returning to his family's business and defacing building walls. The latest incident is worrying since it contains a direct threat.

ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Scott Hewitt said someone keeps returning to his family's business and defacing building walls. The latest incident is worrying since it contains a direct threat.

Scott Hewitt works in the right place to combat graffiti.

But despite managing his family's Sunshine Super Wash business, Hewitt's growing tired of scrubbing the downtown locale's walls that been repeatedly defaced over the past few months.

"We've been hit a few times this year," Hewitt said, noting the first time they painted over the graffiti. "We didn't contact the police the first time."

But during the latest incident, Hewitt said the graffiti culprit's words were a little too personal for his liking.

"It says 'Don't clean this or I'll kill your family,'" Hewitt said, noting the hostile threat that features poor punctuation was found etched on the back of one of business's buildings.

"We found three places that had graffiti on them this time. We've taken it off the pet-cleaning building, but it's still on this building and a dumpster. The dumpster has a drawing that looks like a clown and what looks like the letters GAZ and Rated R Crew."

Employees also found what they believe to be human feces near the dumpster and even recovered a shirt adorned with excrement.

"It's probably some 15-year-old kid that's doing it, but we're not taking it lightly," Hewitt said, adding they hope having a closed-circuit video operation will eliminate the problem.

"We're getting a quote for a 12-camera system."

That's a step in the right direction, according to Orillia OPP Const. Martin Hill.

Hill said that while graffiti has been around for a long time, all incidents should be reported to police.

He added: "Also, lighting up the area and putting cameras in conspicuous areas helps."

andrewphilips@live.ca



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