At the time, the two aircraft were in a hangar
in a secure part of the airport. This makes the
second time in past two years that graffiti
taggers have tagged aircraft at this airport.
Back on July 7, 2013, graffiti taggers tagged
the words “R.I.P.” and “Flame” on the fuselage
and tail of a Learjet between 2 and 2:25 AM.
Police believed at the time, the tagging was
gang-related. No one has been arrested for this
Officials report this recent tagging included
symbols, names and nickname. The three jets were
tagged on their fuselages, tail wings and wheel
flaps with URA, 872, URAF, MarkB and GLOK$.
damage estimates in the tens of thousands of
The police were quick to blame the lack of
police staffing at the airport as the problem.
However, both incidents had to due with a lack
of security cameras in that part of the airport.
Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association
(LAAPOA) which represents the police officers
and firefighters of the Los Angeles Airport
Police Department in a press released said the
lack of police presence at airport perimeters
has exposed vulnerabilities in security..... had
a regular police patrol been in the vicinity,
the suspects could have been stopped before they
entered airport property".