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Police issue warning: 'Don't touch election signs'

If signs are posted on private property, vandalizing them can also carry trespassing charges
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Don't damage election signs warn police

OPP say officers are responding to the theft and vandalizing of election signs across the province.

"The OPP would like to remind the public that removing election signs without permission is a criminal offence and those responsible may be charged," reads a news release.

Any act of mischief committed in relation to election signs is a criminal offence and the Canada Elections Act also prohibits people from interfering with the transmission of election advertising messages without proper authority.

If signs are posted on private property, vandalizing them can also carry trespassing charges.

Vandalism is a mischief charge, while stealing signs brings a charge of theft under $5,000. The penalty could be anywhere from 30 days of jail to community service hours if you are convicted.