The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was informed that mischief had taken place sometime on Saturday night June 20, 2015, at the St.Marys Skate Park on James St. South.
The vandal(s) placed graffiti all over the skate park. The majority of the graffiti was applied using spray paint and a stencil while some was done free hand. This is not the first time the area has been senselessly damaged by graffiti.
Graffiti is any writing, symbols or drawing applied to any surface without the property owner’s consent. Most acts of graffiti make reference to hip-hop culture, but graffiti can also be used by gangs and other extremists.
Graffiti negatively impacts a community’s beautification. The removal or repair costs can be expensive and can become a significant burden on the town budget, but it must be removed. Graffiti left unchallenged suggests a community that is apathetic about its appearance and most often leads to more graffiti being applied.
When a person applies graffiti, they are committing a criminal code offence called Mischief, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail.
Parents if your child has some of the following items in his/her possession they could be writing graffiti in your neighbourhood.
- Backpack (with graffiti on it), and art supplies inside
- Stencil, for quick tagging
- Hood, hat or bandana
- Spray paint or fat markers for tagging
- Black book: with sample tags used for practice
- Gloves to keep paint off hands
Anyone with information about these senseless acts mischief is encouraged to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.