Graffiti a growing problem in Ponoka say RCMP

Ponoka RCMP have taken in 66 calls of mischief so far this year and they say 12 of those calls are because of graffiti issues.

Ponoka RCMP have taken in 66 calls of mischief so far this year and they say 12 of those calls are because of graffiti issues.

Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm spoke to town councillors June 10 during a meeting and said some of the vandalism is gang-related and some is culprits tagging buildings.

He clarified that mischief could also be someone making a noise complaint but said graffiti is becoming an issue for residents and businesses. Chisholm said some of the gang related graffiti is from individuals from other communities. “They’re not here in the evening.”

He suggests those who are victims of graffiti try to clean it up as soon as possible.

“That is the most effective tool for graffiti,” stated Chisholm.

Coun. Marc Yaworski’s business recently had been spray-painted and feels getting the culprits to clean the graffiti would be a challenge. Chisholm said that it has become a big enough issue that he will be working on educating people on the “true cost of vandalism.”

He suggests there are approximately six active gangs in the area.

Chisholm also met with council in-camera over personnel issues, according to Mayor Rick Bonnett.