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What is Graffiti?

Graffiti is defined as writing, drawing, or applying symbols to any surface without the consent of the property owner, authorized owner, or designate.
Where Does it Occur?

  • Public and private buildings
  • Recreational facilities
  • Newspaper boxes
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Utility boxes
  • Bridges and overpasses
  • Public transit vehicles
  • Canada Post mailboxes  
  • Freight trains
How Does Graffiti Affect Our Community?

  • Disgrace to our city
  • Increased taxes to fund cleanup programs
  • Decreased local property values
  • Heightened fear of crime in the community
  • Decline in local economy causing small businesses to close
  • Graffiti gives the impression that no one cares about the overall state of the community

Graffiti is Vandalism

Graffiti is an act of vandalism that can cause financial burden for property owners, businesses, and taxpayers. It is a crime, like stealing, because it steals the property owner's right to have their own property look clean and nice. An individual caught writing graffiti will be charged under the Criminal Code with mischief. This can lead to fine and even imprisonment.

Here's How You Can Make a Difference

When you are witnessing suspicious behaviour or a graffiti crime, call police immediately. You can report all graffiti crimes by calling Greater Sudbury Police Service at (705) 675-9171 or contact your School Resource Officers. For more information on Graffiti, click here.

If you have any information on a graffiti crime in the city, you can also send us an email. To anonymously report graffiti crime, call, email, or text Crime Stoppers


THIS IS NOT FOR EMERGENCIES OR URGENT MATTERS. If this is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1