Camera halts graffiti at The Spot
The Spot camera
Roland Cilliers/Beacon Star
Surveillance camera at The Spot on the corners of Isabella and Church Streets.
PARRY SOUND – It’s been a challenging last few months, but it seems as if the graffiti at The Spot has finally stopped.
For months town staff and council attempted to work with Parry Sound High School students to clean up The Spot, where they congregate, on the corners of Isabella and Church Streets.
At the beginning of the school year the town began a pilot project, installing benches and garbage cans – as requested by students – to hopefully encourage pride and a sense of ownership for the youth.
In June, council passed a resolution presented by town bylaw enforcement officer Tammy Purdy and Keith, which outlined the 30-day project that also included the installation of a surveillance system.
Prior to the start of the project, council had stressed that there would be zero tolerance for vandalism. Shortly after the project began, benches were moved about, the garbage cans tipped over, and cigarette butts strewn about.
Then the graffiti began – again.
Fed up, the town installed the surveillance system on November 19 and has seen no graffiti since, town director of public works Peter Brown told council at its December 4 meeting.
“Since the surveillance cameras were installed we have seen a marked decrease in vandalism at that area to nil at this particular time,” Brown said. “We still have an issue with garbage and cigarette butts strewn about the area but we have not seen any vandalism at that site.”