What is Graffiti?
Graffiti is the defacement of property through words, markings, designs or figures on any surface, building or structure without the consent of the owner. It can be painted, drawn, etched or scratched on the surface. Graffiti occurs anywhere the opportunity exists, including public and private buildings and vehicles.
Graffiti harms a community in many ways. It defaces buildings, lowers property values and invites other types of criminal activity. It also discourages customers, visitors or new prospective residents. Graffiti costs both businesses and taxpayers thousands of dollars each year in lost revenue and clean up activities.
Keep Graffiti from Spreading
Studies show that the best way to keep graffiti from spreading is to take action and clean it up as soon as it appears. This helps to stop it from spreading to other parts of your building or neighbourhood. Graffiti is often easier to remove if it is done soon after the occurrence. The removal techniques may not require harsh chemical products or painting. Other tips include:
- Increase lighting and visibility around target areas on your building.
- Ensure target spots can be seen from high traffic areas where possible; this will aid police surveillance as well as discourage graffiti activity.
- Install video surveillance or put sprinklers on motion sensor.
- Consider using paints and products on your building that are more resilient to graffiti. These products are more expensive but may have long term benefits.
- Brochures on graffiti and removal techniques are available at the Community Police Stations.
And remember the three “R”s :
React! Don’t ignore it - take action as soon as you notice it.
Report! The occurrence needs to be reported to the police so they can record and track occurrences and provide the appropriate surveillance. Contact a Community Police Station or click here to use our online form.
Remove! Several paint stores offer discounts for paint if you report the occurrence. The City has partnered with Tri-City Paint and Decorating to establish a Wipe Out Graffiti program for commercial businesses in the Downtown and Northside. Click on the link to the left for more details.
For more information on graffiti, please contact:
Downtown Community Police Station
2581 Mary Hill Road
Port Coquitlam BC
Northside Community Police Station
3312 Coast Meridian Road
Port Coquitlam BC
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