Graffiti removal in Melbourne. Tips:
Probably you have seen tags or graffiti around the city when you go out. It comes in different colours, figures, shapes and words on houses, buildings, trains, fences, overpasses and any kind of surfaces. Graffiti ranges from tags to more complex compositions with several colours, but in almost every case, it is illegal and damages the community.
Graffiti is a disease on our environment based on the massive effort and resources needed to combat it. Graffiti vandalism is a community issue that lowers property value and encourages more vandalism and other types of crime.
A neighbourhood with graffiti suggests that the council and residents don’t care or are unable to cope with this issue. When left intact, tagging attracts more tagging. Looking to another way may affect even more the area. Thus, taking action against tagging and other illegal graffiti is imperative.
Prompt response sends a clear message to graffiti offenders that the community would not tolerate it. Is important to remove tags as soon as you notice them. There are different methods to keep your property tagging-free, for example using antigraffiti coatings. Also, is important to report the graffiti to your local council individually and as a community. This would increase the security on your are and potentially reduce graffiti related offences.
By taking action, you’re preventing your area from attracting more illegal graffiti and more serious crimes like burglary and assault, a result of the Broken Windows theory. According to Bernard E. Harcourt (full study here), the theory suggests that signs of disorder, such as broken windows and graffiti can urge individuals to break other social rules.
Ring 000 or your local police station. If possible record the offender with your phone, the video will be useful when Police arrive.
Provide as much detail as you can:
Normally Police respond quickly in Melbourne, don’t panic and stay in a safe place. Once the officer arrives, share the photos or videos that you recorded so they can log them into their database. This enables the prosecutors to quantify the tags created by the same individual and eventually to create a case. Police will prosecute the taggers, and they will prioritise to catch those who have repeatedly been reported. So, record and report!
Usually, taggers and graffiti artists repeat their crawls with high frequency for recognition and status. If the graffiti is removed quickly, they don’t get the final prize, and eventually, they look for a safer spot for their work.
If you suffer repeated graffiti, get an antigraffiti coating (some coatings are transparent), so the tag is easy to remove and with no damage to the wall or the original paint. In case you don’t have a special coating, keep some paint handy so you can take action quickly. Rather than painting the whole wall or fence, paint a patch over the tag until the graffiti has ceased for an extended period.
If you’re being continuously hit by taggers, there are a few tricks that can help you to prevent tagging:
On this article, we have covered some of the negative effects of illegal graffiti and tagging. Keep your property safe and avoid the broken-window theory to take over your neighbourhood.
Taggers get away with their offences because the community is reluctant to record, report and remove. It only takes a few minutes to report graffiti vandalism, but a single tagger can cost thousands to the local councils and private property owners.