Graffiti is writing or drawings scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. It is a criminal offence and its presence affects everyone who sees it. Graffiti creates an impression that a neighbourhood is uncared for and unsafe which in turn can invite more vandalism and crime. Graffiti is also personally damaging if it conveys hatred or discrimination.
- The key to controlling graffiti is rapid and consistent removal. The removal takes away notoriety gained by the graffiti vandal and sends a message that their activities will not be tolerated. In some cases, graffiti may need to be removed from the same spot a number of times in order to discourage the vandal. Studies have shown that graffiti tags left up almost always attract more graffiti and other crime to the area.
- Consider using graffiti resilient paints and products the next time you update the exterior of your home or business.
- Install video surveillance or motion sensor powered sprinklers or lights in vulnerable areas.
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