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Graffiti becoming bigger problem for SE Portland neighborhood

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

It's becoming an eyesore for people living and working in one southeast Portland neighborhood.

Graffiti is showing up more and more in the Mount Scott and Arleta neighborhoods of Portland.

People who live and work in this area are seeing more of it, and they're not happy.

The neighborhood association is asking neighbors to help put a stop to it.

All you have to do is drive down southeast Foster or Woodstock and it won't take you too long to see it.

It seems like it's everywhere, graffiti spray-painted on many walls in the area, including on some on an apartment sign.

From neighborhood fences to local businesses, people who live out here are concerned with the increase of this type of vandalism.

This week, the Mount Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association posted a blog on its website after getting reports of more graffiti showing up in their area.

They want residents or business owners to report any signs of graffiti immediately.

"We want to minimize any kind of opportunity for the neighborhood to look bad. We want to make sure that this is a vibrant and safe place for people to live," said Meghan Humphreys, with the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association.

They hope that by preventing it, it'll reduce fear and improve the neighborhood's pride.

"I live in this neighborhood and I work in this neighborhood, and it's all over my block and here where I work, almost every single building has graffiti on it," said Kelsey Denogeon, owner of Pieper Café.

If you spot graffiti, you should contact the Portland police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 or the Office of Neighborhood Involvement - Graffiti Hotline at 503-823-4824.

You can also report the graffiti online to the city's graffiti reporting site: http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?a=286366

Or you can use report the problem using your iPhone or Android cell phone by downloading the PDX Report App from: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bts/53613

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