To report graffiti on City or private property: 705-726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca
100* City-owned sites cleaned
270* utility sites identified
200 cleaned by the applicable utility
200* Canada Post sites identified
cleaned by Canada Post
40 waste receptacle murals painted in parks & on waterfront
Application of anti-graffiti coatings to prevent unwanted postering:
• Queens Park washrooms,
• select light standards
• select traffic control boxes
* numbers are approximate
This program combines removal, enforcement and educational initiatives to reduce the amount of graffiti in Barrie. The anti-graffiti campaign encourages the public to report graffiti, abate it quickly, and volunteer for the City’s anti-graffiti efforts.
Graffiti — writing, drawing, symbols or etching applied to any property without permission — is a serious problem within communities as it reduces property values and the appearance of neighbourhoods. The City's objectives: maintain an aesthetically pleasing environment, beautify Barrie through the prompt removal of graffiti, and deter further graffiti vandalism.
This program is funded from base operating budgets and led by the Engineering department’s Right of Way Activity (ROWA) group, in coordination with operations & maintenance staff in other departments: Environmental Services; Roads, Parks & Fleet; and Facilities & Transit.
In general, the approach involves:
To implement measures to facilitate the timely removal of graffiti and to encourage the increased reporting of graffiti.
To raise awareness in the community about the negative impact and cost associated with graffiti, the importance of timely removal, and to encourage the active participation of community members in the prevention and eradication of graffiti.
To promote initiatives to better protect private property and City property from graffiti vandalism.
To implement measures aimed at identifying vandals and to hold them responsible for their actions.
City staff work with representatives from the community who show pride in the positive aesthetic appearance of their communities and take an active interest in maintaining it. Neighbourhood “captains” have come forward and actively patrol their areas for vandalism to report to City staff. This approach fosters pride in one’s neighbourhood and is a successful means of tracking progress.
There is an unspoken rule among artists that, respectfully, you don't tag other artists' work. The City has had success with murals throughout Barrie as they've proving to deter tagging.
Bell Box Murals Project
In summer 2015, the City teamed up with Bell Canada and local artists Renee Sukie and Willow Neill to paint murals on select Bell utility boxes to deter graffiti and help showcase Barrie’s history and culture.
Traffic Signal Controller Box Murals Project
In fall 2016, the City worked with local artist Jordan Sookwah-Ragobeer, who painted murals on selected traffic signal controller boxes throughout Barrie, with which there has been graffiti challenges.
Report graffiti as soon as possible to Service Barrie (705-726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca) for removal of graffiti within 72hrs.
When necessary, City staff retains the services of a graffiti removal service to remove tagging and other graffiti. Once identified, particularly offensive graffiti is removed as soon as practical, or obscured if this can’t be done within 24 hours. Other non-offensive removals are identified and grouped to take better advantage of the service provider’s minimum call out time.
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