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What is graffiti:graffiti.preview.jpg

Graffiti is an act of vandalism that can cause a financial burden for property owners, business and tax-payers. Graffiti is defined as writing, drawing or symbols applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner, authorized agent or designate. Graffiti vandals use a variety of materials such as spray paint, crayons and permanent ink to deface property. Hobby knives and razor blades are used to cause permanent damage to glass and other surfaces.

Where does graffiti crime occur:

  • Public and private buildings
  • Recreational facilities
  • Newspaper boxes
  • Municipal street furniture
  • Utility boxes
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Bridges and overpass
  • Public transit property and vehiclesgraffitiJune2006016.jpg
  • Canada post mail boxes and property

How does graffiti affects our community?

  • Increased taxes to fund clean-up programs
  • Local property values may decrease
  • Heightened fear of crime in the community
  • Local economy may decline causing small businesses to close
  • Graffiti gives the impression that no one cares about the overall state of the community.

Here's how you can make a difference:

  • Talk to your children about the effects of graffiti on our community.

When witnessing suspicious behaviour or graffiti crime, call police immediately; Provide police with descriptions of the suspects, and their vehicle, including the make, model, colour and licence plate number.

Report all graffiti crime by calling the police at (705) 675-9171graffitti.jpg

To anonymously report graffiti crime, call Crime stoppers at (705) 675-8477

Once reported to the police, remove graffiti as quickly as possible.