Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association operating policies policy number: No. 1 dated: March 18, 2010

Intent: A guide for managing partners and volunteers to deal with vandalism.

Definition: Vandalism refers to wilful damage to property.

Strategy: Where vandalism may be a one time occurrence and damage is minimal, try to remedy immediately and note the occurrence for reference. If occurrences continue to take place repeatedly and the nuisance has escalated to become persistent and/or expensive further action may be required. Discuss with the trail coordinator before calling the authorities. The partner will contact the KTCT coordinator for further instructions. If the vandalism is taking place or someone (trail user or partners) is at risk of personal injury or further property damage may occur, immediately the authorities will be called by the trail partner(s). A follow up communication to the trail coordinator is requested. A meeting with the trail managing partners, volunteers and committee members will be held each spring to train and inform those involved in the trail program of the procedures and guidelines to be used in the management of vandals on the KTCTA. A contact list of names, phone numbers will be provided by the committee chairperson at the spring training session.

KTCTA partners, volunteers and or workers are not expected to confront vandals on or off the trail. Representatives of the KTCTA are expected to take the following action when they observe vandals or vandalism:

  1. Do not confront any adult or group of people committing an incident!
  2. Take notes of the incident (what happened, where and when).
  3. If observed:
    • Try to obtain a description of the person involved;
    • if a vehicle is involved get the best description you can, (registration number, make, colour).
  4. Keep a record of the frequency of incidents.
  5. Complete a report and forward to the trail coordinator.
  6. If a sign is removed have it replaced as soon as possible.
  7. If vandals have created a high risk occurrence where liability of injury is likely to occur the appropriate police authority (OPP or Municipal Police depending on the location) should be called.
  8. If the incident involves minor damage i.E. A sign – stolen, tagged, a lock removed – have the item replaced as soon as possible – prepare a notation of the date, time and extent of damage and report to the trail coordinator.

Police Authorized to Enforce Laws on Kawartha Trans Canada Trail

The City of Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay and Ops) Police Service and the City of Kawartha Lakes - OPP Detachment have been provided a letter of authorization from the Board of Directors of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association to access the Trans Canada Trail in order to Act as its agent for the purpose of provincial enforcement in the event of inappropriate use such as ATV and Dirt Bike and enforcing the Trespass to Property Act and other related legislation.