In Saanich, we remove graffiti from Saanich infrastructure on a “first come, first served” basis, unless the graffiti contains profanity, obscene graphics or hate-based comments, in which case crews will respond as quickly as possible to remove.
Saanich works cooperatively with police, school groups and volunteers to eradicate graffiti in our community.
Effective Ways to Deal with Graffiti
Graffiti is not art. Graffiti is an act of vandalism involving painting, drawing, scribbling, or “tagging” on any surface without the permission of the property owner.
We need your help to deal effectively with graffiti. The faster graffiti is reported and removed, the less likely it is to spread or re-appear. If you witness any form of graffiti vandalism in progress, please call 911 immediately and report the crime to the police.
When you see graffiti in Saanich you are encouraged to report it by calling:
|Saanich Public Works||250-475-5599
|Saanich traffic sign, road structure, garbage container, bus shelter without advertising, or any other obvious municipal structure|
|Saanich parks sign, trail marker or other structure within a Saanich Park|
|Canada Post box|
|BC Hydro box or structure|
|Telus box or structure|
|Bus Shelters with advertising|
If you are interested in volunteering to remove graffiti in your neighbourhood, graffiti kits which include paint, brushes, gloves, disposable coveralls and vests are available. Please call Saanich Public Works at 250-475-5599 to arrange for pickup and a safety orientation.
Join Block Watch
Saanich Police strongly encourage Block Watch groups to get involved; why not pick up a kit and make graffiti cleanup in your neighbourhood part of your annual meeting.
If you have observed a crime, or a crime has occurred to you or your property, contact police immediately, not the Block Watch office. Call 911 in an emergency or 250-475 4321 for a non-emergency or if the crime has already occurred or is non-life threatening.