Ever since the tags and graffiti prevention and support program was introduced, complaints about illegal tags and graffiti have dropped by more than 60%! The tags and graffiti prevention and support program has three components: prevention, clean-up and by-laws. Each of these involves various measures designed to help residents comply with the municipal by-law on the control of tags and graffiti.
It is important to know the difference between graffiti and tags. Graffiti is an art form, whereas tags are the consequences of vandalism.
Graffiti is a series of images painted on a wall. Other surfaces, such as bus walls, phone booths, bus shelters, mail boxes and urban furniture are also used.
These images could have a social, political, religious, advertising or decorative purpose, and are considered urban art.
Illegal graffiti is a form of graffiti that, despite its artistic content, is painted on an unauthorized surface.
Tags are personal signatures, often pseudonyms used by a person and painted in different places. They may be simple inscriptions that delimit a gang's territory. Tags identify the author or authors, to whom they are exclusive. They sometimes include hateful, obscene and offensive inscriptions.
Gatineau's tags and graffiti prevention and support program earned the 2009 Mérite Ovation municipale award from the Union des municipalités du Québec in the community development and social housing category. This program has three components: prevention, clean-up and by-laws.
The following measures have been introduced to help residents comply with the new by-law: