A rash of graffiti has hit Oak Bay in recent months, prompting police to alert residents on what to do if they see fresh tags. The advice comes after a week in which three Oak Bay locations were targeted with graffiti – Thorn & Thistle Flowers on St. Patrick, Monterey Elementary School, and a house and car in the 2400 block of Dunlevy St. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Spike in graffiti for Oak Bay

“Someone knows who this is and I encourage them to call us or Crime Stoppers”

A rash of graffiti hit Oak Bay in recent months, prompting police to alert residents on what to do if they see fresh tags.

“If you see fresh graffiti, take a picture of it and report it to police. Then try to remove it as quickly as possible,” said Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties.

The advice comes after a week in which three Oak Bay locations were targeted with graffiti – Thorn & Thistle Flowers on St. Patrick Street, Monterey Middle School, and a house and car in the 2400 block of Dunlevy St.

“In the 11 years I have lived here, it’s never been this bad,” said resident Trisha Cunliffe. “We live across the street from Monterey school so new graffiti is always noticeable to us. There is a tonne of graffiti also that has popped up in the last month in the path by our house.”

Two of the tags that appeared on Monterey school are the same two sprayed on Thorn & Thistle during a similar time frame. In addition to criminal charges, victims may pursue civil action against the parties involved.

“Someone knows who this is and I encourage them to call us or Crime Stoppers if they want to stay anonymous,” said Bernoties. “I also encourage people to let us know if they know someone who has unexplainable paint on their shoes, hands, or jackets or spray cans in their backpacks.”

The vandalism is not just an annoyance, it is a financial hit to residents, businesses, and the district.

“The cost to remove the graffiti can range depending on the size of the graffiti. Most callouts are in the $100-$200 range, but it can go way north of that. Very few are less than $100,” said Kevan Cooper, owner of the Goodbye Graffiti franchise for Vancouver Island.

Goodbye Graffiti has received “quite a few” one-time callouts to Oak Bay. They also take care of public washrooms for the City of Victoria and Cooper has noticed a huge increase in graffiti in the last little while on the washrooms by Gonzales. They’ve had to almost completely repaint the bathrooms inside and out about five times in the last month and a half.

One of the most important things, according to Cooper, is to be on it right away. As soon as new graffiti is noticed, be proactive and get it dealt with as soon as possible. He also recommends being selective about the paint used to cover the vandalism. If it is a brown wall, use brown paint to fix it. If the tag area is painted over with a different colour, it can appear as a canvas or a frame and attract more tagging.

Anyone with information that might identify those responsible for the new graffiti in the area are asked to contact the Oak Bay Police Department 250-592-2424.

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

 

A rash of graffiti has hit Oak Bay in recent months, prompting police to alert residents on what to do if they see fresh tags. The advice comes after a week in which three Oak Bay locations were targeted with graffiti – Thorn & Thistle Flowers on St. Patrick, Monterey Elementary School, and a house and car in the 2400 block of Dunlevy St. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

A rash of graffiti has hit Oak Bay in recent months, prompting police to alert residents on what to do if they see fresh tags. The advice comes after a week in which three Oak Bay locations were targeted with graffiti – Thorn & Thistle Flowers on St. Patrick, Monterey Elementary School, and a house and car in the 2400 block of Dunlevy St. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

A rash of graffiti has hit Oak Bay in recent months, prompting police to alert residents on what to do if they see fresh tags. The advice comes after a week in which three Oak Bay locations were targeted with graffiti – Thorn & Thistle Flowers on St. Patrick, Monterey Elementary School, and a house and car in the 2400 block of Dunlevy St. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Graffiti sprayed on the exterior wall of Thorn & Thistle on St. Patrick Street on the night of Jan 5. (Submitted photo)

Graffiti sprayed on the exterior wall of Thorn & Thistle on St. Patrick Street on the night of Jan 5. (Submitted photo)

Graffiti sprayed on the exterior wall of Thorn & Thistle on St. Patrick Street on the night of Jan 5. (Submitted photo)

Just Posted

Crash snarls traffic on Trans Canada at Tillicum

One of the vehicles involved has markings of a company supplying traffic control personnel

Saanich to study ‘mega mansions’ on farm land

District staff will study the siting of homes on agricultural lots

Rebirth of downtown cultural festival coming to Victoria in July

Folktoria aims to pick up where Folkfest left off

Plans rejigged for new Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre

Visitors to open house see plans for fitness facility, main pool with movable floor

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

VIDEO: B.C.’s ‘unicycle cowboy’ aspires to be rancher one day

Burklan Johnson has only ridden a horse once, but this unicyclist has big plans to become a cowboy.

California court hears tales of shackled, starved children

David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse of their 12 children

Trudeau in nothern B.C. to announce pledge to protect oceans

Prime minister announces conservation agreement with 14 First Nations

FIFA World Cup weekly roundup

Host nation Russia remains unbeaten in Group A, tied with Uruguay

Scams separating Saanich residents from their money

Saanich Police warn residents of constantly evolving scams

Trudeau says he can’t imagine Trump damaging U.S. by imposing auto tariffs

New tariffs on Canadian autos entering the U.S. would amount to a self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy

B.C. inmate gets 2 years in prison for assault on guard

Union rep said inmate sucker punched correctional officer, continued assault after officer fell

Temperature records broken across B.C., again

The first heat wave of the season went out with a bang across the province

Canada’s first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa

The introduction of the Accessible Canada Act marked a key step towards greater inclusion

Most Read