The Westport Police Department is non-partisan. But — like every Westporter – every fall they get caught in the great political sign crossfire.
With the approaching November elections comes the traditional posting of political signage.
Once again the Westport Police Department has begun to receive complaints related to the disappearance, removal, and/or theft of these signs.
Residents and visitors are advised against taking it upon themselves to remove
signs that do not belong to them, from either public or private property. The
enforcement of the town’s rules is the responsibility of the town of Westport, not
The removal of signs from public or private property by someone not authorized to do so by the town, or by the owner of the sign, may constitute theft.
Entering onto private property to remove signs may also constitute
trespassing. Both of these acts can ultimately result in arrest.
Political signs are considered an expression of free speech, and are allowed on
It is not advisable to place signs on state property (including rights of way and islands along Routes 1, 136, 57, 33, and the Sherwood Island Connector, nor on the exit or entrance ramps of I-95 or the Merritt Parkway), as the state may remove them.
No sign may be placed on any school property without the prior permission
of the Superintendent’s office.
No sign may be placed within the interior of Compo Beach or Longshore.
No sign may be placed on Town Hall property.
No sign may be placed on trees or utility poles.
No sign may interfere with traffic visibility.
Signs on private property require property owner approval. Signs on private
property must not extend beyond the property line or into the town right-of-
way. It is suggested they be removed within 2 days after the election.