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Submitted by dan. on 2007-05-08 21:12.
The city decided to take an aggressive policy against graffiti after a city staff report in 2005 concluded that, if left unchecked, the proliferation of graffiti may signify greater problems within a community, such as lawlessness and a reduction of property values, which could discourage businesses and invite more serious crime to Nanaimo. The report stated there are three components to helping solve Nanaimo's graffiti problem -- enforcement, eradication and education -- and they have formed the backbone of the city's graffiti policy ever since.
"The city and the RCMP have also been successful in apprehending several offenders and many of them have gone through the John Howard Society's restorative justice program in which they must perform community service, in some cases removing graffiti, and that has proven to be effective as well," Hanson said.
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