What is Graffiti?

Graffiti is an act of vandalism and is defined as writing, drawing or symbols being applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner. Graffiti vandals use a variety of materials such as spray paint, crayons and permanent ink to deface property.

Where does graffiti crime occur?

Graffiti crime can occur anywhere. Some of the more popular targets include:

  • Public & private buildings.
  • Recreational facilities.
  • Bridges and overpasses.

How graffiti affects our community!

  • Local property values may decrease.
  • Heightened fear of crime in the community.
  • Graffiti gives the impression that no one cares about the state of the community.

What the public can do to help!

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

There are several ways graffiti can be reported to police.

  • Call police at 613-932-2110.
  • Anonymously report graffiti crime to Crime Stoppers at 613-937-8477.
  • Send an e-mail to

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

Deterring graffiti crime.

  • Restrict access to walls by planting ivy, thorny bushes or trees.
  • Apply graffiti-resistant coatings to protect walls.
  • Increase lighting and visibility in vulnerable areas.
  • Install video surveillance to monitor isolated areas.
  • Establish a strong Neighbourhood Watch Program.

The quick removal of graffiti is the most effective means to prevent further acts of vandalism.

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