People engaged in graffiti run the risk of serious legal and health problems (this is particularly true of graffiti writers who inhale spray paint or take unnecessary risks, such as climbing onto rooftops and structures for the purpose of exposing their work). In some cases, the parents of graffiti taggers and writers have had do pay thousands of dollars on behalf of their children, in restitution damages.
Is your child involved with graffiti?
Below are some tell tale signs of graffiti taggers and writters. Do you teens have:
- black permanent markers or scribes? (used for scratching graffiti into glass)
- heavily tagged property, including furniture and rooms?
- piece books where they sketch their graffiti ideas?
- a collection of "Krylon" spray cans and nozzles often kept in a backpack?
- spray paint residue on fingers and clothes, particularly after regular dawn or dusk outings with friends?
- an interest in graffiti magazines and videos?
- READ IT
- RECORD IT
- REPORT IT
- REMOVE IT
If you see someone spreading graffiti, or if you believe that graffiti is gang or hate related, contact police immediately. Do not remove it without first having it examined.
For further information, please contact Peel Regional Police, Crime Prevention Services, or your local by-law enforcement property standards office.
In Mississauga, call 905-896-5655
In Brampton, call 905-874-2400
You can also follow the link below to fill a Graffiti Report and submit it on line: