PREVENTATIVE MEASURESApplying preventative or anti-graffiti coatings are also an effective way to prevent graffiti vandalism.
There are two types of anti-graffiti coatings:
- Non-sacrificial or permanent
Sacrificial coatings are protective, but come off when graffiti is removed and must be reapplied. Non-sacrificial or permanent anti-graffiti coatings are unaffected by the graffiti removal process and remain on the surface, however they are more hazardous and difficult to apply. These coatings can be bought from local suppliers in your area.
Removing graffiti can be a time consuming and difficult job. By taking preventative action you can avoid some of the expense and effort of removing graffiti.
Keep your property clean and tidy, and free of rubbish, weeds and damage, to show that you care about your property and that vandalism will not be tolerated. Encourage your neighbours to maintain their properties so the whole neighbourhood appears neat and clean.
Consider installing a metal cyclone fence, a fence constructed with natural materials (eg bamboo or bush reed), or bar fencing (eg pool or wrought iron fencing) that doesn’t offer the flat continuous surface graffiti vandals prefer. Textured surfaces are difficult to spray paint and makes graffiti hard to read. Graffiti vandals are less likely to vandalise such surfaces as they won’t get the recognition they desire.
Discourage graffiti vandals from vandalising your walls and fences by painting them with darker colours. Graffiti is less noticeable on darker coloured surfaces and is less likely to give the vandal the recognition they’re looking for. Always keep extra paint on hand so graffiti vandalism can be covered-over quickly.
For areas that are repeatedly vandalised, use graffiti resistant materials or protective coatings so graffiti can be easily removed.
Install trellis on blank walls and fences to create an uneven surface. Alternatively, plant thorny and/or climbing vegetation in front of walls and fences to deter graffiti vandals. Climbing plants will make the surface difficult to graffiti.
Ensure your property has adequate security to prevent access by graffiti vandals. Restrict access to walls and other flat surfaces by installing locks, fences and gates. Secure items such as benches, barbecues and wheelie bins so they can’t be used to gain access to walls or rooftops.
Graffiti vandalism is often conducted in areas that are poorly lit in order to reduce the risk of getting caught or reported. Consider motion-activated lights and request your local council install lighting in community areas that are often dark and vandalised with graffiti.