North Vancouver: Police have charged a 16 year old North Vancouver male for spraying graffiti. Beginning early 2014, over 90 graffiti tags of ‘Stock’ had been observed in multiple locations throughout North Vancouver. The spray painted tags were done on public and private buildings.
North Vancouver RCMP was diligent in their investigation and on April 17, 2014, a 16 year-old male was arrested for Mischief. Recently, Crown Counsel approved five charges of mischief against the youth. The accused has a Young Offender Court date in December, 2014.
A tag is the most basic writing of an artist’s name or personalized signature, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. While some people view graffiti as a work of art, it is commonly viewed as an eyesore and is deemed to be an act of vandalism or mischief.
He added that police take complaints of graffiti seriously – it is a criminal offence. Graffiti is not a victimless crime and the cost of graffiti removal is the responsibility of local government for a public building or the property owner for a private building or home.