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Savoie campaign signs swiped

Almost 30 of Victoria MP Denise Savoie's campaign signs have been reported stolen from private property.
The thefts are mostly concentrated in three areas: Linden Avenue by Fairfield Road, Queens Avenue between Fernwood Road and Quadra Street, and Hampshire Road in Oak Bay.
In one instance, the signs were recovered in some bushes, said Savoie's campaign communications manager, Danielle Dalzell.
"Denise's policy for elections has always been that we only have signs on private property, so all of the signs stolen have been taken from supporters."
The signs are more expensive to replace than to print originally, she explained, adding each replacement sign costs $10.
Savoie isn't the only federal candidate in the Victoria riding having to replace signs.
Earlier in the campaign, vandals defaced two of Conservative candidate Patrick Hunt's large signs, by using spray paint to transform his last name into a derogatory word. 
Under the Canada Elections Act, anyone caught vandalizing a sign can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to three months in prison.
rholmen@vicnews.com
-with files from Kyle Slavin

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