Residents tightening security after vandals hit Southwest Lubbock home

Published: Sep. 19, 2016 at 10:40 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2016 at 10:58 PM CDT
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Vandalism at Southwest Lubbock home (source: KCBD video)
Vandalism at Southwest Lubbock home (source: KCBD video)
Vandalism at Southwest Lubbock home (source: KCBD video)
Vandalism at Southwest Lubbock home (source: KCBD video)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A family in Southwest Lubbock spent Monday cleaning up the damage after their home was vandalized overnight.

It happened in the Quincy Park Neighborhood, near 82nd and Quincy Avenue.

The message left on Kristina McCravey's garage has her worried for her family, and has other neighbors concerned about crime in the area.

Lubbock police say there have been 25 total crime reports in the area from 82nd and Milwaukee southwest to 114th and Alcove just in the last month, three of which involve vandalism.

Neighbors in the area think this is three too many.

"I have absolutely no idea why they picked my house," McCravey said.

Rather than heading to work, McCravey spent her morning looking up home remedies to remove spray paint.

She first noticed the damage around 7:30 a.m.

"It's really frustrating," she said.

Her garage, tarnished with gang tags.

"And then we noticed the number plate as well as the light."

McCravey and her fiancé, who live there with their two and a half year old son, have no idea why they were targeted.

"When you're trying to be a nice person and you come out and someone has just done this because they felt like it. It's just ridiculous," McCravey said.

Across the street, Elyce Arrieta says she was shocked to see this graffiti, but this isn't the first time crime has struck the neighborhood recently.

"My husband's car got broken into probably three weeks ago. It's within the last month that it's been really really bad here," Arrieta said.

Kristina and Elyce share the neighborhood's concern.

"I don't know what to think. I don't know why it's all of a sudden coming over into this - the Southwest Lubbock area that it hasn't been here before," Arrieta said.

"After so many incidents and this kind of vandalism, there really is not - I don't feel secure," McCravey said.

As Kristina's family continues to clean up, they'll be taking extra steps to protect their home and their lives.

"Nothing is going to run me out of my house. We're putting up security cameras that are going to record a live feed," McCravey said. "We already have a security system in place for our home and our belongings. But apparently our driveway is now going to have to be protected as well, considering how much we've actually had happen."

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