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Albany officials say gang graffiti increasing

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany City officials say they have seen a recent increase in gang graffiti.

The majority of that graffiti has been painted on businesses.

This graffiti on the K-Mart shopping center walls on Stuart Avenue was reported early Tuesday morning.

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful officials are currently investigating six other reports of gang graffiti.

Officials say it hurts the entire community. 

"It costs all of us, because when you see graffiti somewhere," said Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles.  "Whether you are a visitor, whether you live here, it makes you very uncomfortable. If you are visiting here you might feel unsafe."

Albany businesses have five days to paint over graffiti, or Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful will cover it.

City officials hope you will report suspicious behavior that could be graffiti painting.

A person convicted of painting graffiti could receive a jail sentence, a fine, and community service.

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