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Graffiti crackdown in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Residents living near East Webb Ave. have noticed more gang graffiti in their neighborhood, leaving many feeling unsafe.

"Back when I was young you saw beautiful artwork, but now our cities have changed.  You no longer feel safe in your own home, always have to look over your shoulder," said one resident.

Burlington Police Lt. Brian Long says that gangs use graffiti to communicate or to claim territory, and notes that their line of communication is about to be broken.

"That [graffiti] was investigated by our Alamance County Gang Task Force and later in the week we plan to make some arrests," Lt. Long said.

Homeowners believe charges are a good start, but believe it's now time for police to do more.

"I wish we had places for the children, tweens to go and play sports, have a mentor, something like that to keep them off of the streets and keep them safe so they don't have to join a gang," one homeowner said.