High price tag on tagging

October 8, 2020

Every year taggers cost the community more than $400,000 to paint over or remove graffiti on public property and more than $350,000 on private property. This year has been the busiest ever with staff cleaning more than 1,500 locations in August and September alone.

“Graffiti impacts our city’s image, deters patronage of commercial areas and negatively impacts real estate investment potential or neighbourhood perception,” said Scott Isfan, Community Policing Coordinator. “If it’s not immediately removed, graffiti can serve as an invitation to littering, loitering, additional graffiti, and other forms of crime and acts of violence.”

Graffiti on public and private properties, without property owner permission, is vandalism and the RCMP is looking for residents help in identifying three prolific offenders who continue to vandalize our community.

“The staff and funding resources required to attend these locations every year mean that staff time and funding are no longer available for other valuable community initiatives and programs,” said Isfan. “Our team remains committed to staying on top of graffiti removal in our community and assisting Kelowna RCMP in bringing tagging offenders to justice.”

All residents can help keep Kelowna beautiful by reporting, recording and removing graffiti as soon as they see it. Use the service request system at kelowna.ca to report the exact location and even include a photo or leave a detailed message on the City hotline at 250-469-8600 (option 6).

In partnership with Crime Stoppers, a $500 reward is offered for tips that lead to an arrest for graffiti vandalism. Tips can be reported by calling 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

To learn more about how to prevent or remove graffiti or to report graffiti visit kelowna.ca/city-services/graffiti/graffiti-management