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West Valley City police concerned about increase in ‘slap game’ vandalism

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Jul 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-31 22:32:55-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — West Valley City police are working to stop a rising graffiti trend called “the slap game.”

The style lets vandals get their message up quickly in a variety of places.

The game involves taking shipping labels from post office lobbies, writing or drawing on them and then slapping them on objects or structures. Misusing the labels, which are federal property, is technically a felony.

Det. Mike Lynes, West Valley City Police Department, said charges against vandals will likely vary.

“If I was to take this and walk down the street and slap it on someone’s property, most likely I would be looking at a class B misdemeanor for vandalism, criminal mischief, graffiti,” he said. “But if I was to stick 10,000 of these across the building, and the clean up costs go into the thousands, you could be technically looking at a felony.”

The U.S. Postal Service is looking into the crime as well.