Graffiti Awareness and Community Engagement Information
Graffiti Removal Tips
Remove graffiti from your property as soon as possible. The sooner you clean, the easier it will come off.
Fresh paint is more easily removed than paint that has had time to bond with a surface.
In the event of a return visit, remove it as soon as possible, the person wants to be seen, take that thrill away from them.
Report existing graffiti on City or private property on-line using the form on this page.
If you see someone in the act of putting up graffiti anywhere in the city, call the police by dialling 9-1-1.
Always remember that safety comes first and do not confront the vandal(s) on your own.
If you spot graffiti on your neighbour's property, inform them right away. Encourage them to clean it up as soon as possible.
Consider pooling resources and sharing the cost of the clean-up materials.
If you have to cover up graffiti, paint the whole wall. If it's not possible to paint the entire wall, block off the offending section with a square or rectangle-shaped area of paint.
Avoid using paint to cover up graffiti on bare surfaces such as unpainted concrete, stone or brick walls. Instead, remove the graffiti with solvents and other specialized supplies or call a professional for help.
Where possible and economically feasible, install extra lighting and cameras or plant ivy.
Don’t leave old skids or milk crates, etc. outside, they can be used to aid in climbing up buildings.
Store Owners: keep your markers and spray cans, etc. in conspicuous areas where they can be monitored. Ask a few questions when the individual purchasing the spray paint appears to be a minor.
Owen Sound City Hall
Owen Sound City Hall 808 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K 2H4