Sound Off

Sound Off: Is it a crime to destroy campaign signs? What can you do about it? Someone keeps destroying and stealing the signs in my yard.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, provided the following information: It is a crime to destroy or steal signs, and a police report can be made. As per city ordinance, signs may not be placed on the city right of way including the area between a sidewalk and the street. To make a report, call 832-7509.


kernal 5 years, 6 months ago

Happened to a sign in my yard as well. Now wondering which candidates signs the inquirer is referring to. Someone ripped mine out and left the frames. Need to find out how much they cost and reimburse the candidates.

Tim Quest 5 years, 6 months ago

Typical Romney supporter, wanting government intervention.

Tim Quest 5 years, 6 months ago

Look at the statistics. Facts are a pesky thing.

workinghard 5 years, 6 months ago

They should have mentioned that it is also illegal to put the signs on public land such as a park, school, or any other government owned land. You see it all the time on 28th and Kennsington St.

fancy80 5 years, 6 months ago

It is only a crime if the signs are for democrat politicians. If the sign is for a republican, it is okay because only rich people vote for republicans, and they can afford to go buy new signs.

seagull 5 years, 6 months ago

Is there a legal size limit to these signs? Some of these silly signs are enormous; and as a previous commenter noted, they are frequently on the city right-of-way. It is surprising though that there is relatively little theft or defacing of the signs. The "I like Lynn" signs just beg for additons/edits, which they surprisingly don't get in this this reportedly blue town.

Robert Schehrer 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes. The legal size for a political sign is 16 square feet. Some of Lynn Jenkins signs are 8x4 which is 32 square feet. That's twice the legal size. The City removed some of these signs, but not all of them. I'm don't know why all have not been removed.

Source: City Ordinance -Article 5-1805 (H)

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

If they destroy your sign, make a bigger one.

Destroying political signs on another person's property is disgusting both because it involves damaging others' property and denies citizens the right to express their political opinions. Anyone that would do such a thing should be ashamed of themselves and do a few weeks in jail if caught.

Pepe 5 years, 6 months ago

You would have to be a real loser to steal someone's sign. Just pathetic.

LOL -- If someone is caught doing this, the best punishment would be to force them to vote for the candidate(s) whose sign they stole.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

I won't vote for obama, but the sign is pretty clever.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 6 months ago

Neither will I, but it's a smart idea, nonetheless.

Tim Quest 5 years, 6 months ago

How about taking a little personal responsibility for the sign and replacing it yourself - they're FREE, you know.

question4u 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow biggunz, do you want to go down that road? After all, you'll have a hard time arguing that it was "crazy liberals" who took shots at the Democratic headquarters in Mobile, AL in September and in Denver on Friday.

So, will you be arguing that those "crazy conservatives" "care so much about their fellow man, unless their fellow man thinks differently," then, they fire guns at them and drive away like cowards? Or, will you just be arguing that those "crazy conservatives" don't "care about their fellow man"?

There's a reason that stereotypes appeal to simple minds.

Currahee 5 years, 6 months ago

You just did the same thing he did. Do you realize that? Probably not.

lunacydetector 5 years, 6 months ago

the campaign headquarters in denver got trashed the last election by a democratic campaign staffer looking for the sympathy vote publicity.

tomatogrower 5 years, 6 months ago

This doesn't just happen in Lawrence, biggunz. I suppose you would just blow someone away.

deec 5 years, 6 months ago

Google Obama signs stolen =About 2,850,000 results Google Romney signs stolen =About 90,100,000 results

Romney signs vandalized =About 1,450,000 results Obama signs vandalized =About 5,430,000 results

Seems both sides are guilty.

deec 5 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps not, but a person could certainly click on the numerous links and read stories detailing thefts/vandalism of both candidates' signs. Neither side has clean hands when it comes to sign desecration. This is not a new phenomenon, either. It happens every election cycle.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

Are you questioning the mighty google? Watch your back!

JackMcKee 5 years, 6 months ago

I really miss the handmade Bob Eye signs. Those were about the funniest things I've seen in a long time.

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

" inches outside it's property lines"

Did you report the crime? Hurry, call 911 and tell them a church isn't putting political signs on their property.

deec 5 years, 6 months ago

The appropriate authority would be the IRS. Actively campaigning for a candidate is a violation of their tax-free status.

Derek Neibarger 5 years, 6 months ago

in today's political climate, the us versus them mentality dictates everything. the candidate themselves are irrelevant. it's all about belonging to a party and standing by that party regardless of what it's members say or do. members of both parties are constantly being caught in scandals, called out on their lies by fact checkers, forced to apologize for inappropriate behavior or comments, and otherwise having every fault and deficiency exposed to the 24 hour news cycle addicted public. but none of this has any effect on the zombie like party loyalty of the voters. with that being said, why would anyone in their right mind think that something as simple as a paper sign in their front yard would have even the slightest chance of altering someone elses political opinion? the only purpose of these signs is to agitate and provoke, and no one is more susceptible to this kind of childish behavior than the internet addicted party loyalists.

Soapbox 5 years, 6 months ago

Is it a crime to destroy campaign signs? NO....because in America there is only one crime: GETTING CAUGHT!

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

Actually, the only crime is getting convicted. :-)

Centerville 5 years, 6 months ago

It's a good way to judge which side is becoming desperate. So there's an up side - especially this year.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

Someone stole signs from my yard-- and they weren't Republicanic signs, believe it or not.

Topple 5 years, 6 months ago

My girlfriend had her Obama bumper magnet stolen off her car.

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