Comrade Ambassador Ken is dealing with the problem of graffiti in his community.
These vandals, many of whom fancy themselves as artists, regularly deface and destroy public and private property using spray paint, markers, and sometimes even carving tools. Very often, their vandalism comes in the form of tagging, which is a stylized way of writing their names or of symbolically identifying themselves.
Graffiti has been around as long as humans have had the idea of communicating with symbols, and later, with letters.... graffiti has probably been a pain in the ass since that time, too.
When I first came to Washington, DC in May of 1986 (21 years ago, last week!), there was a tagger, known as Cool "Disco" Dan who was not only prolific, but he achieved a degree of fame... or notoriety throughout the 80's and 90's.
There are many who believe that graffiti is a victimless crime, but they are dead wrong. Graffiti is vandalism... the willful destruction/defacement of property that is not owned by the perpetrator. Graffiti costs millions of dollars per year in cities across the nation to clean up.
Great. Now I've given you a lecture about what it is. Now, what can be done about it?
When it comes to cities and municipalities, painting over graffiti or using solvents to get rid of it are used as measures to keep graffiti "artists" from hanging around in a particular area... in local communities the problem gets a little more difficult. What do you do to get rid of a vandal, or crew of vandals that goes about tagging your cars, mailboxes, fences, et cetera?
The first thing you do is call the cops.
The second thing you do is call the cops again.
Next, call the cops, until they start patrolling your neighborhood more frequently.
After that, get on the hook to your local politicians, and tell them (this really works when you and your neighbors go as a group) that you will all diligently work, and financially support his/her opponent in the next election if they don't get a handle the situation.
You might also want to start a neighborhood watch during the peak hours when your local vandals operate.
Of course there is also another way. That way is to catch one of those bas@#&*s in the act, and beat him without mercy.
You'll only have to do that once... but in the spirit of being a law abiding citizen, you'll probably want to stick to the other methods.