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Tampering with election signs a criminal matter: Police

Penalties range from fines, periods of probation or custodial sentences
Elections signs have popped up across the city.

With election signs popping up across the city, Timmins Police are reminding people that tampering with signs is a criminal matter.

The local service has issued an advisory about election signs to remind residents that intentionally damaging, stealing or tampering with signs will be investigated as a criminal matter as an act or theft of mischief. 

"Penalties for such actions range from fines, periods of probation or custodial sentences," reads a news release. 

Because many election signs are on private property, police say trespass to property act charges may apply.

"Any persons found committing such offences will be appropriately charged with the applicable offences," said police.

"The right of persons vying for public office to advertise publicly forms part of the democractic process. Any interference with such advertising material will be dealt with to the full extent of the law."

Anyone with information about anyone tampering with signs should call police at 705-264-1201.