July 21, 2014 3:08 pm

Serial teenage tagger arrested and charged after more than 90 tags in North Vancouver

Graffiti with the word 'STOCK' on a building.

RCMP Handout

VANCOUVER – A 16-year-old boy, responsible for more than 90 graffiti tags in North Vancouver, has now been arrested and charged.

RCMP say beginning in early 2014 graffiti tags with the word ‘STOCK’ began appearing in multiple locations throughout North Vancouver.

The tags were on public and private buildings.

RCMP Handout

On April 17 a 16 year-old boy was arrested for mischief and recently, Crown Counsel approved five charges of mischief against the youth. He now has a young offender court date in December, 2014.

A tag is the most basic writing of an artist’s name or personalized signature, says 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. 

RCMP say graffiti is not a victimless crime. There is decreased perception of safety, lower community pride and at-risk youth are all effects of vandalism in a community.  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.

The North Vancouver RCMP would like to thank our Community Policing Volunteers who helped locate, document and photograph the over 90 graffiti tags, adds De Jong.

The public is encouraged to call police at 604-985-1311 if they observe anyone committing mischief.




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