10/01/2011 12:37 EDT | Updated 12/01/2011 05:12 EST

Homes with campaign signs for provincial election targets of vandalism in Barrie

BARRIE, Ont. - Liberal supporters displaying campaign signs on their lawns were the targets of a recent vandalism spree in Barrie, Ont.

Barrie Police say that more than 20 homeowners — all of whom had Liberal campaign signs for the upcoming provincial election in their yards — reported damage to their homes and cars Friday.

Damage included slashed tires, spray paint on homes and the letter L scratched into car doors.

The cost of the vandalism is estimated at between $10,000 and $20,000.

Police warned residents, especially those displaying campaign signs, to make sure their car has not been damaged before driving it.

Barrie Liberal candidate Karl Walsh said he was "deeply saddened" by the incident and that his campaign will assist in the investigation.

"As you can imagine, some Barrie residents have now chosen not to have Liberal signs on their lawn," he said.

"Others have called to replace their small signs with a large sign, and others are calling to request their first sign — sending a clear message that we will not be intimidated."