There are several things you can do to help prevent graffiti from taking over your neighborhood. Here are some great suggestions provided by www.graffiti.org:
- Keep up the neighborhood – Remove litter and trash, fix broken fences, trim landscape and ensure all lighting is working properly.
- Rapid removal – Rapid removal of graffiti has been found to be the most effective prevention tool. Data shows that removal of graffiti within 24 to 48 hours results in a nearly zero rate of recurrence.
- Report graffiti – You can report graffiti by calling 806.378.3038.
- Change the environment – There are things you can do that will discourage graffiti on your property. Some measures to consider:
Vandal-proof Targeted Areas – Use graffiti-resistant surfaces like:
- Incorporate natural deterrents into your landscaping like shrubs, thorny plants and vines to help restrict vandal access.
- Plan or add lighting to promote natural surveillance.
- Use fences, controlled entrance and exits, rails, and other barriers that discourage through traffic.
- Limit access to roofs by moving dumpsters away from walls and covering drainpipes to prevent vandals from scaling them.
- Use graffiti hoods to buffer freeway signs.
- Incorporate metal baffles on sign poles, similar to squirrel baffles on bird feeders.
Neighborhood Watch – Incorporate the support of your local law enforcement officials
- Graffiti-resistant materials or coatings.
- Sacrificial coatings, which allow graffiti to be washed off, must be re-applied after each graffiti clean-up.
- Textured surfaces, which are less attractive to graffiti vandals.
- Dark-colored or colorful surfaces; neither of these provide a good canvas for a graffiti vandal.