Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2008
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Senate Approves Sykes’ Measure to
Stiffen Penalties for ‘Tagging’
The state Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to increase penalties
for the malicious injury or destruction of private property. Sen.
Anthony Sykes, author of the legislation, said the bill is a response
to the growing problem of ‘tagging’, or the defacing
or destruction of property with graffiti.
Sykes said the crime is not only becoming an increasingly more
frequent nuisance in urban areas but is also occurring in Oklahoma’s
“This is no longer a problem limited to our metro areas,”
said Sykes. “It’s spreading through the state’s
rural areas and it’s important that we establish stronger
penalties to create an adequate deterrent. This bill would ensure
that prosecutors have the ability to hand out punishment fitting
The bill would establish a felony for damage, defacement or destruction
resulting in an aggregate loss greater than $1,000. Sykes explained
that under current law, a criminal may commit numerous ‘tagging’
violations and be charged with a series of misdemeanors. Under SB
1663, District Attorneys would be able to charge offenders with
a felony if the aggregate damage meets the $1,000 threshold.
“This is a very serious problem and it was important that
we address it with strong legislation,” Sykes said. “The
Legislature needs to let our citizens and business owners know that
we are dedicated to protecting their property from criminals. I’m
pleased the legislation received the unanimous support of the Senate
and I will continue working to see that it wins the approval of
The measure now advances to the House for consideration.
For more information contact:
Senator Sykes' Office: (405) 521-5569