Graffiti is done by a wide range of people participating as individuals or in groups, as a means of self-expression, for peer recognition or to indulge in risk-taking behaviour and to defy the law and society.
Research has shown that the best way to manage graffiti is to Prevent, Report, and Remove.
It is important that you report graffiti to police. There are three phone numbers (Australia-wide) that can be used to report incidences to police:
- For police attendance at a crime in progress – 000
- To report a crime that has already happened – 131 444
- To report information about known offenders or illegal activity – 1800 333 000 (Crime Stoppers), alternatively, contact Albury Police directly, on 02 6023 9299.
It is the responsibility of the property owner or occupier to remove graffiti on private property
Before removing graffiti, you are encouraged to photograph it and keep the images for the police in case they require them. Always remove or paint over graffiti as soon as possible after it is done. The sooner you detect graffiti, the easier it is to remove, as the paint has had less time to be absorbed into the structure. Fast removal (within 24 hours) lessens the exposure time of the graffiti and can deter graffiti vandals from 're-tagging'.
Research shows that the best way to discourage repeat attacks of graffiti is to remove it as soon as it appears.
Removing graffiti is usually not a difficult task, particularly if the damage has occurred recently. Try a brush or scourer and soapy water first. Some people have had success with turpentine or methylated spirits. Always try any method on a very small inconspicuous area first to be sure it is effective. Please follow the safety instructions on any product you use.
Graffiti Removal Kit
If you cannot remove the graffiti, free Graffiti Removal Kits are available. There are different kits for painted surfaces and for bare brick, stone and masonry surfaces.
To get your free Graffiti Removal Kit visit our Customer Service Centre with proof of address documents and a police incident report.
Tips for preventing graffiti:
- Plant trees, creepers or vines to cover blank or bare walls
- Use darker coloured materials or paints on fences
- Use anti-graffiti coatings on high-risk areas.
- Use rough or textured surface materials for fencing
- Limit the amount of solid surface by using mesh, grilles or lattice.
- Improve lighting and consider installing sensor lighting
- Keep your property clean and tidy
- Remove graffiti within 24 hours, as it will reduce the tagger's exposure and can make removal easier.