Graffiti vandalism is something that any business or property owner wants to avoid, and there are some steps that can be taken to help reduce this risk.
Locations like construction and industrial sites, schools and sporting facilities, and community areas are often easy targets, particularly at night when no one is around.
However, opportunistic graffiti vandalism often occurs in busy business and retail areas too!
In our experience, locations that fit into a certain category are more likely to be hit by graffiti.
Here are some of these common situations that we regularly see in our daily graffiti removal work.
The property already had graffiti
Many graffiti vandals like to be able to go back to a location where they have left their tags and see their work or show their friends. This is also a common reason why graffiti tags are done in hard-to-reach places, like on the side of a bridge, or a roof top that overlooks a street.
This is a good reason why you should remove graffiti within a few days of it happening, so you are ensuring there is no reward to the vandals and no reason for them to return.
The property is poorly maintained
When property is run down and looks to have not received any maintenance or cleaning for many months or years, graffiti vandals see this as an opportunity as it is less likely that their tags will be removed. Buildings that remain vacant for long periods and show a lack of maintenance will often attract graffiti vandalism.
To help prevent this, it is best to ensure building areas are kept clean, security fences and other structures are not falling apart, and maintain gardens to keep them from overgrowing and free from rubbish.
A low threat of being caught
Most graffiti vandals will choose targets where they feel it is less likely that they will be caught in the act. This is why areas like side streets, laneways, and industrial areas at night or on weekends are often targeted.
If your property or business is located in such an area, there are preventative measures you can implement to help reduce the risk of graffiti.
By improving the lighting or adding sensor lights and security cameras you will often deter graffiti attacks. Also, by installing clearly visible signage which indicates 24-hour video surveillance, security patrols and guard dogs will also help to reduce the risk of attack.
A clean, blank canvas
Graffiti vandals love a clean and blank wall to paint their tags.
Any clear walls with smooth surfaces are an ideal target for graffiti. Try to restrict access to these areas with fencing or screening the area with plants, hedges or creeping vegetation.
Another option is to use a quality anti-graffiti product on these surfaces to make graffiti removal easier in the event of an attack.
Failure to report and remove it
If graffiti isn’t quickly reported and dealt with, it is highly unlikely that the offenders will be caught.
You may not know who did it, or have video surveillance footage, however someone may have seen it happen, or some evidence may have been left behind that the police can use to link it to other graffiti incidents.
As mentioned, quick removal of graffiti is one of the best deterrents you can implement.
So, if you have problem with graffiti at your property, give our team a call and we can help you take care of the removal and prevention process.