Tampering with political signs is crime

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Vidalia Police Department wants to remind people that it is illegal to tamper with campaign signs.

The Vidalia Police Department has been informed that campaign signs have been vandalized and would like to remind the public that anyone who knowingly removes, alters or defaces a campaign sign is guilty of a crime. Depending on the nature of the activity, charges can include criminal damage to property, theft and trespassing.

Most of the signs posted throughout Vidalia, including those next to the roadways, are on private property and placed there with the respective land owner’s permission.

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Whoever commits the crime of criminal damage to property where the damage is less than $500 shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both. In addition to the foregoing penalties, a person convicted under the provisions of this law may be ordered to make full restitution to the owner of the property.

Those running for various elected offices deserve the opportunity to display campaign signs in a legal manner without fear of damage or theft.

The Vidalia Police Department encourages anyone who sees someone tampering with political signs, or has information regarding individuals who have stolen or defaced campaign signs, to contact the Vidalia Police Department at 318-336-5254.


Major Bruce L. Wiley

Vidalia Police Department