Graffiti is a crime that often invites more graffiti and puts into question the perceived physical and social order of the community. If left unattended or unmanaged, graffiti will give the impression that nobody cares and can encourage other types of antisocial behavior.
There are several resources that residents and business owners can consider to assist in alleviating graffiti.
Email Your Report of Graffiti to our By-law Division.
Policy on Graffiti Including A Reporting System
The Town of Penetanguishene is committed to providing a community that is safe, healthy, livable and welcoming to all residents and visitors. A recent increase in graffiti throughout Town has prompted the Town to review the potential development of a Graffiti By-law and to review anti-graffiti programs in place in other communities.
At this time, a pro-active approach has been selected and a Graffiti By-law has been held in abeyance until the fall of 2012 when the pro-active measures can be evaluated.
A Graffiti Removal Policy has been drafted which focuses on the removal graffiti from Town property as soon as reasonably possible. Leaving property "tagged" gives vandals a sense of ownership of the structure they have marked. Speedy removal of the graffiti removes this sense of ownership the vandals were hoping for.
Upon locating graffiti, please contact the Corporate Services Department (Municipal Law Enforcement Officer) to formally report where the graffiti was sited (identify site, building, description, nearest intersection etc.).
Ten Things You Can Do To Prevent Graffiti
- Get educated. Learn about graffiti, how it impacts your community, and who is responsible for graffiti prevention and clean up in your area.
- Report Graffiti to the appropriate authorities.
- Organize a paint-out. Gather supplies and community volunteers to remove graffiti in your neighbourhood.
- Plan a paintbrush mural to cover a wall continuously plagued with graffiti.
- Coordinate a graffiti awareness campaign at your school or in the community.
- Make a presentation on graffiti prevention to your school, class, or neighbourhood group.
- Adopt a spot in your school or community and make sure it stays clean and free of graffiti.
- Plant trees or other greenery near a graffiti-plagued wall. This will help prevent access.
- Ask your community to install lighting in areas that are dark and often hit with graffiti.
- Volunteer to help keep your community clean.
Graffiti Prevention & Control Tip Sheet
Remember when encountering graffiti, practice the 4 R’s: Recognize, Record, Report, and Remove.
Education: Raise awareness in the community about the negative impact and costs associated with graffiti and the importance of prevention and rapid removal.
Empowerment: Mobilize communities to become part of the solution and encouraging them to take a key role in deterring graffiti.
Eradication: Remove graffiti quickly and efficiently and promote timely reporting of graffiti.
ENFORCEMENT: Apply relevant laws and laying of charges when appropriate.
View the OPP Graffiti Eradication Strategy Poster - English
View the OPP Graffiti Eradication Strategy Poster - French
View the Youth Street Gangs Tip Sheet - English
View the Youth Street Gangs Tip Sheet - French
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Commonly known as CPTED (pronounced "sep-ted") is a pro-active crime prevention strategy utilized by planners, architects, police services, security professionals and everyday users of space. CPTED is a program offered at no charge via the OPP for private property owners and the Town. Find out more about CPTED
Community Watch Program
The Penetanguishene Police Services Board intends to review and consider the implementation of a community watch program as part of their goals and objectives in 2012. A community watch program is similar to a neighbourhood watch program and would provide a mechanism for individuals to report graffiti. As this program requires additional research, it is anticipated to come forward to FCS in the Fall of 2012.
Find out more about the Community Watch Program
Youth Graffiti Art Location/Day
Some communities (Orillia, Barrie) have implemented areas where graffiti is permitted (skate parks). This program comes with mixed success as part of the act of graffiti is the thrill of doing something illegal. In addition, without a “fresh” canvas, graffiti will continue to appear in unauthorized areas. The Town will be investigating this option further for consideration of providing a graffiti location and/or event in conjunction with other youth events such as PenJam.