UNION - Authorities are investigating two reports of spray-painted swastikas being found at the home of a congressional candidate.

Peter Jacob says the swastikas were found outside his family's Union home on Friday and Monday.

Jacob, an Indian-American Democrat, is seeking the 7th District House seat held by Republican Leonard Lance. The Lance campaign issued a statement Monday condemning the incidents and saying the display of symbols like the swastika is "abhorrent."

Jacob said his family has lived at the home for six years without incident. He blamed the vandalism on the "ever increasing atmosphere of accepted racism" in the country.

Authorities say they plan to increase police patrols in the area.