Graffiti vandalism

Graffiti vandalism

The North Bay Police Service is looking to identify the person(s) responsible for vandalizing a local business on the 700 block of Cassells Street with the graffiti tags captured in the following photographs:

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The building’s roof was tagged at around 2 a.m. yesterday morning (July 23rd) after the property owners recently cleaned the building of similar graffiti along the ground level.

Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to contact the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555. For those who wish to remain anonymous, there are three ways to contact Near North Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text the word “Nipper” plus tip information to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com

Graffiti art vs vandalism – There’s a difference!
Graffiti artists who are interested in expressing themselves legally are encouraged to visit or call the DIA to find out information about downtown locations where graffiti art is celebrated:

Jeff Serran, Executive Director
Downtown North Bay (DIA)
133 Main Street West, Suite 101, North Bay, Ontario P1B 2T6
Phone: 705-474-7824
Email: dia@on.aibn.com

Police remind graffiti taggers that there is a big difference between graffiti art, where artists have permission from property owners to express themselves on a building, and vandalism. Persons adding tags to buildings without permission from property owners can be charged with the criminal offence of “mischief under $5000” or “mischief over $5000” subject to the extent of the damage caused.