Tagging and unsolicited graffiti is a criminal code offense and costs taxpayers thousands of dollars annually in clean-up costs and repairs. The hidden costs are immeasurable.
City works crews have to use whatever means possible to clean a variety of surfaces that vary in complexity depending upon what the vandal used and how delicate the surface.
This expense will be passed on to the taxpayer.
Merchants are forced to deal with the vandalism by either hiring someone to clean the mess or do it themselves, purchasing the supplies and potentially having to close temporarily as they clean up their premises. The business owner must recoup the costs of cleaning up the vandal's work. The expense will be passed on to their customers. Now tagging and unwanted graffiti begins to affect the everyday consumer.
Areas that have allowed tags and unwanted graffiti to accumulate visibly deteriorate. People who use to the area begin to avoid it because they feel unsafe. Now tagging and unwanted graffiti begins to affect quality of life in our community.
Tagging and unsolicited graffiti is a crime. It is a chargeable Criminal Code offence
under Section 430ccc(1) (a) - Mischief Under $5000.00