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Old 11-29-2010, 12:13 PM   #15
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Sorry to see that you got tagged. The vermen that do this type of thing don't have to account for their actions and have no respect for themselves so have no respect for others.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:23 PM   #16
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We were paintballed one time on US27 in central Florida. Didn't even know it until we pulled over for a rest stop. Turned on the water pump and was able to rinse it off. I suppose the geniuses that did it figured with the size of our target, that they couldn't miss.
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What happened to you is different. Probably some kids having a little fun shooting at moving targets. I doubt if they were wannabee gang members, although it is possible.

What happened to the OP is a huge problem in our society that no one really wants to look at.
The parents are MIA because they both work to keep from being homeless. The kids raise themselves on the streets and protect themselves by joining a gang.
My wife studies graffiti and decoded the one in the above picture. It stands for a large gang in Southern California that uses the tag "SBCO" short for San Bernardino County. The little squiggle line inside the S is the tagger's signature. The more signed tags that are seen by other gang members elevates the tagger to a higher level within the gang.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:28 PM   #17
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I can bet you that it was either a single mother kid or a kid that has spineless parents. When we were kids the thought of the wrath of our fathers if we did something wrong kept us in line. Today you don't have that. Parenting has become the toughest job in the world and to do it right is down right exhausting and very very hard, but if you decided to have kids you had better be ready to be responsible for them. Has anyone seen the show on CMT called Worlds Strictest Parent? Most of these kids have parents that need more training and work than they do, but placed in the right atmosphere most of these kids break pretty easy and are just looking for healthy attention and guidance from their parents, when they don't get it they take over and roll over the week parent. Too bad but this is what a liberal society breeds. No kid can be a loser and really learn life's lessons because it might damage them in some way. Teaching respect of authority and your elders is the only way this country can come back from the brink of destruction and we all know that is not going to happen. The entitlement factor is too big. (Sorry for the Rant but this chaps my hide to no end)
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:31 PM   #18
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I wish the term "tagging" would go away as it relates to this activity. Somehow, it invokes an image of something cutesy, game playing, or innocent fun. It should be called what it is: vandalism.

And yes, it's a huge problem. Whether spray paint or paint balls, gang related or not, it's still damage to someone else's property.
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:04 PM   #19
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Dave,
What happened to you is different. Probably some kids having a little fun shooting at moving targets. I doubt if they were wannabee gang members, although it is possible.

What happened to the OP is a huge problem in our society that no one really wants to look at.
The parents are MIA because they both work to keep from being homeless. The kids raise themselves on the streets and protect themselves by joining a gang.
My wife studies graffiti and decoded the one in the above picture. It stands for a large gang in Southern California that uses the tag "SBCO" short for San Bernardino County. The little squiggle line inside the S is the tagger's signature. The more signed tags that are seen by other gang members elevates the tagger to a higher level within the gang.

I would forward all the info, including the pics from all the rigs, to the San Bernardino County Gang Unit. The least that will happen is they will keep the photos as intel. The most, they can indentify the tagger(s), compare to registered guests at the cg, and come up with a nice short list of suspects. Then a good detective interviews and moves it forward.

As a retired fed, I would definitely contact the gang unit with all the victim info and pics.
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I would forward all the info, including the pics from all the rigs, to the San Bernardino County Gang Unit. The least that will happen is they will keep the photos as intel. The most, they can indentify the tagger(s), compare to registered guests at the cg, and come up with a nice short list of suspects. Then a good detective interviews and moves it forward.

As a retired fed, I would definitely contact the gang unit with all the victim info and pics.
Probably a good idea but I'll bet it would be a real long shot for a detective to investigate a case of tagging. Aren't resources stretched too thin for this to get much attention?

I had to laugh at a recent thread about tracking down a lost cell phone through the GPS function and associated app. LEOs combined forces to track down the culprit who had picked up the phone from the ground. But, of course, this was the LEOs phone that was lost. I don't think a call from John Q Citizen would have gotten the same level of attention.

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Old 11-29-2010, 01:32 PM   #21
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I doubt it was a camper or children of a camper. It's gang activity and they are hanging around somewhere looking for something to do.

We got hit by a paint ball gun on Hwy 85 northbound out of Greensboro, NC We had a Cougar fifth wheel and the snot shot the cougar on the front cab. That is not OK for a kid or adult to do, they damage private property, mine!

Athough not as damaging but pissed me off just as bad. I was at my RV alone while my husband was on his way to join me at Ocean lakes, Myrtle beach campground. When I was woken up around 1:00 am with pounding on my door. The dogs started barking like crazy. I could not find anyone outside until I looked behind the unit. Two pre-teens were milling around. My husband happened to drive up right at that time....grrrr
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Sorry that happned to you. Never thought that kinda thing would happen. Just wondering, were you able to get the paint off?
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My two cents worth: It's not tagging, it's not graffiti art. It is vandalism pure and simple, no?
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:10 PM   #24
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In most states, throwing or shooting something at an ocuppied moving vehicle can be charged as attempted murder (usually attempted manslaughter though). The laws came about from people trowing ice balls, rocks, rr spikes, etc...
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:18 PM   #25
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Well, all i can say is: If i had caught them or found out who did it I would be in Jail, probably still today, and if the parent didnt like it they would get a dose too. I can just imagine what my DAD would have done if i did something like that and he knew about it. I would still be scrubbing, and if it needed a repainting i would get a job and have to pay for it. I am a retired coach and school teacher, and one reason i retired was because of the actions of the kids, and to the no good parents of today. There are still a FEW very good parents, Thank GOD! Rivrduk
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:41 PM   #26
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Here in LA County the merchants have to lock up the spray paint to prevent the kids from getting their hands on it. This is what our brain trust came up with as a good idea instead of saying anyone under a certain age can't buy spray paint. Noooo, they want to make it hard on everyone.
I am looking forward to singing Christmas Carols in the town plaza this season. Oooops, I forgot, that is also illegale.
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It is probably best that you didn't find them. I know I would have probably created a significant problem for myself if I found the perps.
Anyway, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, and may this be your greatest problem for the year.
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:26 PM   #28
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Theres a product called Graffiti remover made by the same people that make Goof Off. Comes in a large spray can, costs like 9.00, amazing stuff, will remove the graffiti and not harm the finish, I'v used it just a few weeks ago on five vehicles, one was a class A, you will be very satified with this product, Good Luck Ed. And no, I don't own stock in the stuff, but I wish I did.
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