Hate Motivated Mischief in Saugeen Shores

On January 28th the Saugeen Shores Police Service received a report of two incidents of mischief at the Lamont Sports Park and the nearby snowmobile trail route .

Unknown person(s) spray painted trail signs and markers. Other signs and markers were damaged and stolen from the trail, causing a safety concern for users.

A utility building, at the newly constructed sports park, had extensive damage from spray paint. Several hate motivated homophobic and racial slurs were depicted on all sides of the building. The damage is believed to have occurred between January 21st and January 23rd.

“Hate crimes are intended to cause harmful divisions in our community and emotional trauma to the victimized group. These actions are not acceptable on any level,” said Chief of Police Kevin Zettel. “Our investigators will be following all available leads to identify those responsible.”

Investigators believe both incidents are related. If you can provide information concerning this hate crime, please contact the Saugeen Shores Police at 519-832-9200. You may also report information anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)