Graffiti is an act of vandalism involving painting, drawing, scribbling, or “tagging” on any surface without the permission of the property owner.
We need your help in combating graffiti.
Report graffiti on Township property by calling 250-414-7108 or emailing Public Works, here. Please have a photo and specific location, if possible.
Report vandalism in progress by phoning 9-1-1.
If you are a victim of graffiti, file a police report online or 250-995-7654
BC Hydro poles or boxes: 1-800-224-9376
Canada Post boxes:1-888-550-6333
Telus phone booths or boxes: 250-388-8617
Shaw Cable boxes: 250-475-5655
Document the graffiti by taking a picture of the entire tag or word from directly in front of the surface and include any small initials or markings around the edges of the tag.
Make a note of the date and time.
Forward a copy of the picture to the relevant agency with your contact information.
If you know anyone who illegally tags property and you want to tell us anonymously, please call 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at victoriacrimestoppers.ca.
Esquimalt Together Against Graffiti (ETAG) is a program involving VicPD and a team of staff and community volunteers who clean up existing graffiti and respond to new instances of vandalism. The program is currently undergoing a refresh and is temporarily offline. We anticipate reinstating ETAG in the fall. Please call 250-414-7108 to report graffiti on township property.
Cleaning up graffiti promptly sends a message that tagging is not welcome in the area. Keeping private property clear of graffiti is also part of our Maintenance of Property Bylaw.
Esquimalt’s initiative to wrap electrical kiosks in a graffiti-proof vinyl laminate with scenic photos from local parks has been successful in deterring graffiti and making the removal of any tagging easy.