Peachland tackles graffiti issue

An anti-graffiti program for traffic control boxes along Highway 97 has expanded in Peachland.

The Regional Crime Prevention program, dubbed ‘Operation Wrap,’ saw vinyl images of Okanagan fruit recently placed on the outside of two new traffic signal control boxes at the 13th Street and Clements Crescent highway intersections.

In 2008, a box at the Princeton Avenue highway intersection was covered.  These sheets of high quality graffiti and UV resistant vinyl were installed by Stroma Signs.

Regional district crime prevention coordinator Duane MacTavish says over the past four years, similar vinyl apple, cherry, grape and peach art images were placed on control boxes at more than a 20 intersections in West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and the Westbank First Nation reserves.

“This anti-graffiti program has been a great partnership between the Regional District, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the local governments that receive Crime Prevention services from the RDCO.  As well, it’s provided an attractive visual background for signal controls  at these high traffic intersections and really helped discourage graffiti vandalism,” MacTavish said.

The artwork makes it more difficult to see any graffiti and the vinyl surface allows for an easy clean up if the boxes are tagged.

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