Graffiti is the unauthorized defacement of public or private property by etching, drawing, scratching or painting words or symbols. As with most forms of vandalism, graffiti is not routinely reported to police.
Because it isn't routinely reported, the true scope of graffiti is unknown. What is known is that graffiti tags left alone can quickly transform the feel of a neighbourhood; giving the sense that no one is in control and that disorderly conduct is tolerated. Prevention and quick response are the best approaches.
Grafifiti suggests that the citizens who live in the neighborhood do not care or are not able to cope with the problem. That's why it is important for individual property owners to take ownership of this issue and act fast to remove graffiti.
The point of graffiti tagging is to leave a visible mark. Research shows that taggers don't return to locations where they know their tags won't be allowed to stick around.
If a hydro box, telephone pole, mail box or city property in your neighbourhood has been the target of graffiti, please contact the appropriate agency for assistance. Many corporations will arange to clean up their property once made aware of vandalism.
Public safety is everyone's responsibility—not just the police. The easiest way for you to have an impact on public safety is by getting connected to your neighbourhood, paying attention to what is going on and letting the police know about criminal or suspicious activity. Learn more about reporting criminal and suspicious activity to the Coquitlam RCMP.