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Graffiti has significant social and financial impacts for local business and residents. Most graffiti occurs on exposed walls and fences and is usually in a form of messages in letters or images, written in spray paint, permanent marker or even etched into surfaces.
If you see any graffiti it is important that you report it as rapid removal is recommended to discourage further occurrences.
While graffiti can be a common problem there are things you can do to help prevent graffiti occurring on your property.
1. Prevent - You can make your home or business less attractive to vandals by restricting access to walls or fences by planting vegetation in front of them. Plan for easy graffiti repair, choose surfaces that can be repainted or are easy to clean, such as tiles or polished masonry. Textured and uneven materials such as, mesh, grills and lattices are less prone to graffiti. Dark colours are less attractive. Anti-graffiti coatings can also prevent graffiti from being absorbed. Lighting will discourage potential vandals.
2. Report - Everything you report helps keep your streets graffiti free.
3. Remove - You can use mentholated spirits, turps, paint stripper, dedicated graffiti products or oven cleaner. These products contain toxins and chemicals so wear protective clothing, including a mask and always ensure they are stored out of reach of children in a locked cupboard. Alternatively, professional graffiti removal companies are listed in the yellow pages under graffiti or paint removal services.
It is important to note the difference between street and urban art and illegal graffiti. Many Toowoomba lanes and walls were transformed with the First Coat initiative. These works are legal and are identified as being part of a program.
Read more about First Coat here.
In conjunction with Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnerships we have engaged Warner Youth Education to deliver a graffiti education program to students in Years 5 – 8, as part of the Graffitistop initiative. The program has been created to educate students about the differences and consequences between legal and illegal graffiti in an interactive and engaging presentation.