Sergeant Jason Lewis with the Lubbock Police Department sees a lot of kids this time of year charged with property damage crime, usually in the misdemeanor range.
"We definitely see a spike in mostly vandalism type crimes and lots of criminal mischief," Lewis said. "We definitely see a tremendous spike."
Stuart Walker, Manager of Code Administration, makes sure the damage gets cleaned up.
"We generally run 75 to 100 cases a month," Walker said. "And generally right now our spike may be 20 to 50 more cases a month."
Walker says most of the graffiti is not gang related.
"The graffiti that we usually see is associated with taggers or 'wanna-be' street artists," Walker said.
In many of these vandalism cases, the perpetrator is not caught and Walker says that costs the city lot of money.
"On a yearly budget we usually spend between 75 and 80 thousand dollars a year," Walker said.
Walker said that maybe these vandal's efforts could be put to better use.
"We've got people in town who wanna take these individuals and redirect their efforts into a more productive kind of thing and paint like street murals and stuff like that," Walker said.
If you find yourself a victim of vandalism, you can call the graffiti hotline at 789-48-66.
The Code Administration team will come clean up the mess for free.