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What is Graffiti?

Graffiti or Art ?

The difference between art and graffiti is that art is done on property with the permission of the property owner. Art is a creative and productive form of expression.  Graffiti is a crime.


Graffiti vandalism

Graffiti is writing, drawing, or symbols applied to any surface without the permission of the property owner.

To create graffiti, vandals use a variety of materials, such as automotive car paint, spray paint, crayons and permanent ink. Etching surfaces is another way vandals destroy property.

Graffiti can occur anywhere, however, some of the more popular targets include:

    • public and private buildings
    • recreational facilities
    • Canada Post mailboxes
    • playground equipment
    • bridges and overpasses
    • public transit property and vehicles.

Graffiti is an act of vandalism that places a significant burden on the Municipality’s budget.  Graffiti may also cause local property values to decrease and can result in a heightened fear of crime in the community.