Bellaire police are not experiencing the same graffiti problem that West U has been dealing with.
West U police know of about 22 incidents where city owned buildings or property had something drawn on it.
All of the incidents have had the word “hater” or “h8r” painted on the property.
The tagging incidents were first done in magic marker and now are being done in paint.
Police believe that the people doing the graffiti are area teenagers and are most likely in middle school. They do not believe that the incidents are gang related.
Bellaire Community Resource Officer Tim Quimby said there hasn’t been any reported incidents since someone sprayed graffiti in the pool house, 4500 block of Evergreen St., on Nov. 5.
According to reports, an unknown person entered the unlocked lifeguard shack and sprayed graffiti on the interior walls.
Bellaire has not had any graffiti incidents since then, Quimby said.
West U has had crews working on cleaning up the graffiti. Everything has been pressure washed, cleaned or repainted, police said.
West U Public Works Director Chris Peifer said he estimates the cost of each incident to be about $1,000.
The city usually sends a crew of two people to clean up the graffiti, they have to pay for the time of the individuals, product costs and recoating and equipment costs, he said.
If the paint doesn’t match the wall, the entire wall needs to be repainted, which is an additional cost.
If anyone sees anything out of the ordinary or has information about these incidents, call the West U Police Department at 713-668-0330.