Iconic sign could get extra security after ‘HOLLYWeeD’ prank

The Hollywood sign is seen vandalized Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Los Angeles residents awoke New Year's Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read "HOLLYWeeD." Police have notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area of the rugged Hollywood Hills near the sign. California voters in November approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana, beginning in 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after a prankster scaled a fence and altered the Hollywood sign to read “HOLLYWeeD,” the agency that maintains and secures the Los Angeles landmark says it will explore boosting security.

Courtesy: CNN/Hollywoodsign.org
Courtesy: CNN/Hollywoodsign.org

Police are investigating after a person used giant tarps to turn two of the iconic sign’s white Os into Es sometime on New Year’s Eve or early New Year’s Day.

Chris Baumgart, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, said Monday that he plans to meet with police officials this week to be debriefed on the matter and explore ways to prevent similar acts.

He tells the Los Angeles Times that officials want to figure out where the weak link is in the security chain.

The vandal was recorded by security cameras and could face a misdemeanor trespassing charge