The nonprofit group that takes care of the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles says it’s considering tougher security measures after a man allegedly altered the sign over the holiday weekend so that it temporarily read “Hollyweed.”

Chris Baumgart, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, told KTLA News that “we will determine this week where the link was that was weak, then we will upgrade there.”

Cops say a man dressed in black scaled the sign early New Year’s Day and added tarp so that it read Hollyweed. By late morning Sunday workers had the sign back to Hollywood. No one has been arrested. A suspect could face a misdemeanor trespassing case, police said.

City surveillance likely captured the action, authorities said.

It wasn’t the first time the sign has been altered. It even said Hollyweed at least once before — in 1976.

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