For one Sioux City Catholic church, enough is enough. Officials there are ready to stop the vandalism that's cost more than 10 grand to repair.
Downtown Sioux City's Cathedral of the Epiphany is no stranger to petty vandalism. But a little over a year ago, things got serious. Hoodlums hurled rocks through a more than a century old stained glass window. Repairs cost about $12,000.
"This whole piece here was taken out and completely restored," said Rev. William Vit.
Vit says things have gotten worse in the past few months. On Christmas Eve, somebody spray painted over their gold leaf sign out front. Then, just Wednesday night, someone shattered the glass door of their office building across the street.
"Kind of a blunt force. Either hit it or kicked it," said Vit.
All of this sanctuary's strife has officials scratching their heads.
"To see it happen to a cathedral, or even a church, or any structure really, it's just a surprise. It's like defacing art," said Director of Youth and Development Brandon Harvey
Harvey is worried the work of these ruffians will repel the cathedral's congregation.
"It's supposed to be the center of life and culture for the diocese and we want people to always feel they can come here, be safe," said Harvey.
So, they're looking to hire specialists to help.
"We're actually here to look at security for the parish," said Sales Team Leader for Electric Innovations Karen Hodges.
Hodges works with a local security company. She and her team are inspecting the facility, and pitching possible security measures. Specifically, installing external security cameras, which Hodges says could deter damage.
"We've seen a big push for it, and definitely have seen good results out of it," said Hodges.
The project is just getting started. Church officials say if they decide to set up a security system they'll need to raise money to pay for it.
The Cathedral of the Epiphany is located at the intersection of 10th and Douglas Streets. Sioux City police say they're doing what they can to fight vandalism in that neighborhood.
A big part of it is "awareness." Police officers say they're keeping their eyes open for any mischief in the area.
Any if yousee something, say something.
"You can always contact Crime Stoppers at (712) 258-TIPS. Your identity is not required. A cash reward is available if the information is used by our detectives to get an arrest or conviction," said Sioux City Police Officer Chad Sheehan.
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