Defacement of property does not impress the neighbourhood

On Friday, June 14, Princeton residents living along Panorama Crescent woke up to one heck of a nasty mess.

Residents woke to this nasty mess on Friday morning. Town crew members cleaned it up quickly.

Residents woke to this nasty mess on Friday morning. Town crew members cleaned it up quickly.

On Friday, June 14, residents living along Panorama Crescent woke up to one heck of a nasty mess.

In four different spots along the street and the retaining walls a not-so-creative individual or individuals defaced the area using fluorescent pink spray paint to write out extremely insulting comments containing foul language.

Crew members from the Town of Princeton, having to rearrange the day’s schedule came out quickly to cover up the unsightly mess. The cost of cleaning up was  $750.

Defacing property like this can result in charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Mischief

430. (1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully

(a) destroys or damages property;

(b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;

(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or

(d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.

Reference: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/page-198.html?texthighlight=mischief#s-430.

If you have witnessed or have knowledge of individuals defacing property please call the local RCMP detachment at 250-295-6911. CrimeStoppers will take your information as well. 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or go to www.sostips.ca for other anonymous methods of passing along your information.