Acts of vandalism motivated by the presidential election have caused a surge in hate crimes, according to police.
In the last few weeks, vandals have drawn racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on private and public property.
On Sunday, a Silver Spring resident who lives along Williamsburg Drive found a red swastika spray-painted on his front door and saw noticed his American flag was stolen from his yard, according to Montgomery County Police spokesperson Rick Goodale.
Goodale said the homeowner had a “Trump/Pence” sign in his front yard late last month.
These incidents are part of the more than 75 hate crimes or bias incidents reported to police in Montgomery County this year.
“We did see an increase you know during the election cycle, just prior to the election and immediately after the election,” said Goodale.