Cut the costs of vandalism!
How to reduce vandalism in your neighborhood
Did you know...
- That vandalism is never a victimless crime?
- Vandalism takes time and money to clean up or repair, whether it happens on private or public property.
- Vandalism that includes hateful messages can hurt individuals or groups of people.
- Vandalism can be dangerous, too - how would you feel if a child was injured because a stop sign was removed, for example, or if someone couldn't call 9-1-1 because a phone had been broken?
Every member of the community can help prevent vandalism. Here's how!
What does vandalism look like?
Vandalism takes many forms, some of which include:
- Broken street lights
- Spray paint on road signs
- Knocked-over mailboxes
- Damaged fences
- Overturned garbage cans
- Broken glass left on playgrounds or roads
What should I do if I see vandalism?
- If you see vandalism or graffiti in progress, call the Calgary Police Service at 9-1-1.
- To report vandalism that has already occurred, call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
- To report graffiti that has already occurred, call the City of Calgary at 3-1-1.
- How can I help to prevent vandalism?
- When vandalism and graffiti occur in a neighbourhood, they tend to attract further incidents - that's why it's so important to clean up or repair the damage as quickly as possible. (The City of Calgary requires, for example, that graffiti be removed or painted over within 72 hours.) Other preventive measures include: Using good lighting and locking gates and garages around your business or home.
- Knowing your neighbours, and being watchful for strangers.
- Working with Calgary Block Watch (www.calgaryblockwatch.com; 403-509-2565) to help build strong communities.
- Visiting www.calgary.ca for tips on graffiti clean-up, including paint discounts.
- Requesting presentations or information about vandalism prevention from your Calgary Police Service community liaison officer or from the City of Calgary.
- Calling the City of Calgary at 3-1-1 to report abandoned cars, so that they can be removed as quickly as possible.
- Supporting recreational programs for young people in your community.
- Organizing clean-up or repair projects in your neighbourhood.
- Adopting a street or park in your neighbourhood to care for it and keep it clean