By JENI FAULKNER
PHIL Lowrey from Boise Stationery in West High Street is disappointed the front of his business no longer has the same appeal.
On Wednesday night vandals targeted about nine businesses in the West High Street area, 'tagging' walls, roofs, signage and even bins with a 'stiks' and 'TFB' marking.
It's believed the vandals started their handiwork in West High Street, marking both sides, before moving to the northern end of Moonee Street.
"We have been here since the June long weekend and it is so disappointing to think someone has done this," Mr Lowrey said.
"You wonder what something like this is going to achieve ? all I can see is that is costs businesses money."
Some shop owners were up early painting over the graffiti while others will have to wait to find money to repair the damages.
Mr Lowrey said he was currently waiting for new signage for his business so he wasn't sure how long the graffiti would have to stay there.
The Coffs/Clarence crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Brad Wheeler, said there had been an increase of graffiti in the area recently.
"We will have our Target Action Group looking this particular tag because as far as I am aware we haven't seen this type around before," Const. Wheeler said.