October 8, 2013
If you see graffiti in your neighbourhood, please call Caledon’s Graffiti Hotline at 1.866.544.8332 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
This week, council joined members of our Graffiti Advisory Committee to officially launch the Town’s Graffiti Hotline – a one year pilot project that is part of the Committee’s Graffiti Reduction Framework.
The Committee is comprised of seven (7) community members and four (4) Councillors, who, with the assistance of Town staff have conducted research on successful graffiti eradication programs in other jurisdictions and identified best practices for a graffiti reduction program appropriate to the Town of Caledon. In April of this year, the committee recommended a graffiti reduction plan for the Town of Caledon which included the launch of the Graffiti Hotline; the hotline will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Graffiti Committee’s plan for Caledon is based on three key principles: prevention, management, and enforcement.
Prevention is the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to reduce the likelihood the crime will occur. Management of graffiti vandalism involves assessing each incident, removing the tagging and protecting surfaces against further vandalism therefore preventing it from reoccurring. And finally, in Caledon, the Ontario Provincial Police and local by-law enforcement authorities are primarily responsible for enforcing graffiti offences – to undertake different but complementary enforcement roles and working together to ensure compliance with the law.
An important element of any successful graffiti reduction plan is that graffiti vandalism must be easy to report otherwise residents will not take the time to contact authorities. Ideally, residents should have a single contact number to ensure timely reporting of graffiti vandalism.
Successful graffiti reduction plans in other jurisdictions have established similar graffiti hotlines and the service is widely advertised so all residents know who to contact in the event of graffiti vandalism in their neighbourhood.
Calls to the Graffiti Hotline will be immediately directed to both the Caledon Detachment of the OPP and the Town’s Regulatory Services and Enforcement Division for investigation and follow up. The Graffiti Hotline number is 1.866.544.8332 and it is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
As Ward 5 Councillor Rob Mezzapelli so correctly said, “In the end, it is vital that everyone in the community work together to tackle graffiti vandalism because effective crime reduction campaigns involve partnerships focused on community engagement, ownership and action.” I encourage you to get involved in reducing graffiti vandalism in Caledon.