After a lengthy investigation involving multiple incidents of graffiti and "tagging” as in this case, the Belleville Police Service has arrested a 20 year old male from Belleville for multiple incidents of graffiti. Charged with Mischief and Possession of Marijuana is Luke Jones. He has been released from custody with a court date of December 13th, 2013. A copy of his "tags” and a portion of the 100 can paint supply seized at the time of the incident has been added to this press release. If any member of the community has had their personal property vandalized with any of these tags, they are asked to contact D/Cst Dave Johnson at 613-966-0882 extension 2318.
Graffiti cleanup takes a sizeable portion out of municipal budgets. The City of Belleville has spent approximately $10,000 - $12,000 on graffiti clean-up this year. This does not include damage to private property. There are several types of graffiti, including, gang, hate, and generic (non-threatening messages like "Bobby loves Suzy" or "Class of 2003"). About 80% of graffiti is "tagger" graffiti. Another 5% are "pieces," or large visuals. Gang related graffiti makes up less than 10% of graffiti. Most studies show the majority of "taggers" are males between 12 and 21 years old.
What should someone do if their business or other personal property is hit with graffiti?
1. Report the incident.
Contact the police to report graffiti vandalism using a non-emergency number. Belleville has a "Graffitti Hot-line” where people can anonymously report incidents of graffiti by calling 613-968-6481 extension 3526 or email at email@example.com .
2. Document the incident.
Take a picture of the graffiti before it is removed. Photographs will assist law enforcement in their investigation. Police may attend the scene to photograph graffiti depending on the nature and extent of the issue.
3. Remove the graffiti.
Remove graffiti promptly and completely. The best rule is to remove it within 24-48 hours.