Spray paint vandalism—graffiti— is unauthorized etching, painting, or placing of a mark on public or private property. While some people may hear the word “graffiti” and think of it as an art form or a mode of freestyle expression, the reality is that graffiti is an act of vandalism that costs Kamloops taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to remove or cover.
The most common type of graffiti in Kamloops is “tagging”, which is the writing and/or painting of an identifiable symbolic character or “tag” that may or may not contain letters. The tag becomes a signature for the vandal, who may experience pride and develop recognition among other taggers.
The City is working towards its goal of a clean, safe, graffiti-free city by:
- removing illegal graffiti as quickly as possible
- increasing the community’s capacity to manage graffiti
- enhancing civic pride and prosperity for residents and businesses
- encouraging the use of prevention techniques
- providing easy and accessible reporting options
- supporting residents and businesses with appropriate tools and resources
- involving businesses, residents, youth, community organizations, and graffiti writers as partners
- partnering with Telus, BC Hydro, and CP Rail to clean street equipment.
What You Can Do
To Help Reduce the Occurrence of Graffiti in Kamloops
- Report graffiti on public property for removal.
- Increase lighting and visibility around targeted areas on your building or property.
- Add security features to your property such as a monitoring system, or good quality cameras and report observed vandalism
- Ensure targeted spots can be seen from high-traffic areas where possible. If targeted areas are easily visible by the public, it will aid in discouraging graffiti activity.
- Use plants to landscape walls, fences, and storefronts as graffiti and litter are less common in landscaped areas.
Talk to your children about graffiti and respect for the community.
Create a wall mural on the side of your building. Murals must be preapproved by the Arts and Culture Engagement Group. Information on the mural process can be found in the Graffiti Control Bylaw No. 25-5.
If you see graffiti on your neighbour’s property, inform them and encourage them to remove it.
Organize and participate in community cleanups.
Report a Tag or Graffiti on Public Property
- use the MyKamloops mobile app—download for free from your app store
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone Community Services at 250-828-3409
- contact the RCMP at 250-828-3000 only if you see a vandal in the process of tagging.
Graffiti on Private Property
Graffiti Task Force
The Graffiti Task Force (GTF) is a very small non-profit society created to combat graffiti. Graffiti removal starts in the spring each year, as weather permits, and ends when it turns colder in early winter.
The GTF is available to treat private property on a fee-for-service basis when possible. If you require a paint match, you will be required to supply the paint. The GTF is a small team that relies on volunteers and donations and may not be able to help in all instances.
Donations of program funds, paint, and equipment are always greatly appreciated and will be put to good use for the community.
If you have graffiti on your private property and need assistance with removal, or would like to volunteer your time, please call the Graffiti Task Force at 250-572-6848 or email email@example.com.
If you are a graffiti artist or collective that would like to apply a mural to any surface that is visible from a public place, anywhere within the boundaries of the City of Kamloops, you must apply for preapproval. Please review Graffiti Control Bylaw 25-5 for more information regarding the mural preapproval process.