In early June the Barrie Police Community Services Unit teamed up with Mac’s Convenience Stores and Crime Stoppers of Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka to engage local youth and help reduce crime and combat graffiti.
The Mac’s StreetArt Mural initiative has taken place at six central Canada locations and has resulted in a reduction in overall crime. The successful murals have been complete in partnership with Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Thunder Bay and now Barrie Police Service. The goal is to strengthen community relationships and to empower our youth to make a positive difference.
Two spectacular murals have been created in Barrie by a Toronto-based graffiti artist, WonG. The murals truly portray our community and capture the artist’s talent and passion for this community based initiative. Students from a local school participated and were provided with a lesson on the difference between art and tagging (graffiti). WonG’s message inspired students to take pride in their community and recognize that crime prevention is a shared responsibility.
This forward thinking concept has seen positive results, not only in the reduction of crime at the locations where the murals have been painted – but also in the beautification the mural has within the community.
Fighting graffiti with graffiti to reduce crime!