A Turlock westside neighborhood has long been a target for taggers and graffiti vandals, but one senior citizen took matters into his own hands and decided to paint over a recently tagged AT&T utility box on his property near the intersection of Grant and West Olive avenues.
The senior citizen did not wish to be identified in fear of retaliation, however one of his neighbors, Christina Erbe praised his efforts and posted the picture of him painting it over.
“That poor box has been painted so many times I’m surprised its doors aren’t falling off,” Erbe wrote on Facebook.
The neighborhood is around Grant Ave and the intersections of West Olive and Florence Streets.
Erbe told TurlockCityNews.com that the neighborhood lacks streetlights and the ones that are there are covered by trees.
“It’s hit and miss without street lights around there are dark spots and those get hit more. I try and leave my porch light on,” Erbe said. “It’s not even gang members tagging, it’s high school kids making up their tagging names and have a crew and seeing who’s name can get out there the most.”
Taggers have also tagged sidewalks with “puff paint” on numerous occasions.
Erbe said she has not called the City of Turlock to report the many incidents of tagging.
“The city doesn’t care about this side of town. It’s been that way for awhile,” said Erbe.
According to the City’s website citizens can report graffiti by using the online complaint report form and advises residents to “be careful when removing or painting over graffiti. The gang may take offense to the removal of their mark. Never remove or paint over graffiti alone.”
For more information or to report graffiti visit the City of Turlock website.