Graffiti is the term used to describe drawings, patterns, scribbles and messages which are painted, written or carved on walls, street furniture, shop fronts, public buildings and other surfaces. To some people it may be considered art but to others it is a nuisance and can be distressing. It is a form of vandalism and neighbourhood crime. It can also be difficult to remove without specialised equipment.
What can the Council do about graffiti?
If there is sufficient evidence, we can prosecute people under the Criminal Damages Act 1971. The Anti Social Behaviour Act allows us to issue penalty notices of £50 against those responsible for graffiti.
What can I do?
If you see anyone committing vandalism, you should report it to the police, Council, school authorities or someone who can take action. Remember, vandalism is a crime.
Graffiti prevention tips for businesses and freeholders
- Keep your facility clean and neat. Neglect attracts vandals. Littered car parks and drives, existing graffiti, broken fences, overgrown landscaping and poor lighting send a message to vandals that business owners don't care about their property
- Rapidly and continually removing graffiti is the best way for businesses and commercial property owners to protect the image of their street and customers' sense of security. Studies show that removing it within 24 to 48 hours cuts down chances of it happening again.
- Incorporate shrubs, robust plants, and vines to restrict vandal's access
- Add or improve lighting around building to promote natural surveillance
- Use fences, controlled entrances & exits, rails or barriers to discourage through traffic
- Limit access to your roof by moving bins away from walls and covering drainpipes to prevent vandals from scaling them.
Step up security
- Install some type of security camera
- Organise a 'Business Watch' with nearby traders to keep tabs on an area or employ security staff to monitor your property.
- Don't allow a 'legal wall' or an area that allows graffiti at your business as they may draw more vandals to the area
- Employ graffiti resistant materials or coatings.
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