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Graffiti Taggers Tag Planes At Van Nuys Airport For A Second Time

December 28, 2015 - Graffiti taggers cut a hole in perimeter fence at Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport on Sunday night or early Monday morning and tagged three corporate jets belonging to Fair Wind Air Charter, Private Air Inc. and Aerojet Services LLC.

Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said "This happened in a darkened area of the airport. We are going to take a harder look at the lighting in the areas where this happened."

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 crime.

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$. Preliminary damage estimates in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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. The 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".



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