Toxic blue-green algae has been confirmed at Pier 4 Beach in Hamilton Harbour.  Do not come into contact with the water. City of Hamilton conducting clean up along parts of the Hamilton Harbour shoreline.

Community Environmental Initiatives

Graffiti Awareness

Graffiti facts

  • Rapid removal is one of the most effective deterrents to taggers.
  • Statistics show that most taggers are males between 12 and 21 years old.
  • Hip-hop graffiti, a more complex style (font) of “tagging”, is the most common type of graffiti found in Hamilton (80-90%).
  • Graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism (35%).
  • Graffiti cleanup is costly to taxpayers, using up funds that could be used for parks, roads and other community improvements.
  • Graffiti removal companies must be licensed with the City of Hamilton.
  • Everyone needs to work together to combat graffiti.

Roles and responsibilities

The City’s Role is to:

  • Receive, track and coordinate graffiti complaints.
  • Remove graffiti from City property. New service standard is removal within 72 hours of reporting.
  • Forward complaints for action by responsible agency such as Canada Post, MTO, Alectra Utilities (formerly Horizon Utilities), Union Gas and Bell Canada.
  • Enforce the by-law that relates to graffiti removal.
  • Provide resources and training for volunteer groups who want to help clean up parks, roads etc. (eg: Adopt-a-Park Program).
  • Increase awareness and engage residents and businesses through public education and initiatives (eg: Recycled Paint Program).

The Police’s Role is to:

  • Respond to complaints about graffiti in progress.
  • Capture and determine consequences that may include diversion programs (eg:  John Howard Society/Public Works graffiti clean-up program) or charges against graffiti vandals.
  • Educate youth and neighbourhood residents (eg:  School Liaison Officers, Safeguard home security audits, Neighbourhood Watch).

The Community’s Role is to:

  • Clean graffiti off your property promptly.
  • Call Police (911) if you see graffiti in progress.
  • Contact the City to report existing graffiti at 905-546-CITY (2489) or on-line using the Graffiti Form.
  • Provide tips to Police and/or Crime Stoppers.
  • Make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • Volunteer: get involved in neighbourhood associations or activities that help prevent and clean up graffiti.

Graffiti removal tips

  • Remove graffiti from your property as soon as possible. The sooner you clean, the easier it will come off.
  • Fresh paint is more easily removed than paint that has had time to bond with a surface.
  • In the event of a return visit, remove it as soon as possible, the person wants to be seen, take that thrill away from them.
  • Report existing graffiti on City or private property by calling 905-546-2489 or on-line using the Graffiti Form.
  • If you see someone in the act of putting up graffiti anywhere in the city, call the police by dialling 9-1-1.
  • Always remember that safety comes first and do not confront the vandal(s) on your own.
  • If you spot graffiti on your neighbour's property, inform them right away. Encourage them to clean it up as soon as possible.
  • Consider pooling resources and sharing the cost of the clean-up materials.
  • If you have to cover up graffiti, paint the whole wall. If it's not possible to paint the entire wall, block off the offending section with a square or rectangle-shaped area of paint.
  • Avoid using paint to cover up graffiti on bare surfaces such as unpainted concrete, stone or brick walls. Instead, remove the graffiti with solvents and other specialized supplies or call a professional for help.
  • Where possible and economically feasible, install extra lighting and cameras or plant ivy.
  • Don’t leave old skids or milk crates, etc. outside, they can be used to aid in climbing up buildings.
  • Store Owners: keep your markers and spray cans, etc. in conspicuous areas where they can be monitored. Ask a few questions when the individual purchasing the spray paint appears to be a minor.