Graffiti is an illegal and anti-social activity that creates a negative impression of an area and contributes to people's fear of crime.
Graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism.
Graffiti is often the first element in a spiral of decline. If graffiti is not removed others will feel free to add to it.
Its artistic merits are irrelevant. It represents one group of people imposing themselves on everyone else and as such is a form of pollution, like people playing loud music.
Graffiti is also a green issue as it is an attack on the environment. The cost of cleaning up graffiti is enormous and is difficult to eradicate completely.
There are a number of tools available to tackle the problem of graffiti. The Government has introduced a ban on the sale of spray paints to under 16's to tackle the source of the problem by taking away the means to graffiti.
planting shrubs and other vegetation to make vulnerable areas inaccessible
use materials (for example trellising) and surfaces that make graffiti vandalism difficult
apply a clear coat finish to protect painted and unpainted surfaces and use protective film coverings on windows
use of pastel shades for communal areas rather than white, magnolia or traditional colours reduces graffiti attacks
Graffiti prevention tips for businesses
Include shrubs, robust plants, and vines to restrict vandals access.
Add or improve lighting around the building to promote natural surveillance.
Use fences, controlled entrances and exits, rails, and other barriers that discourage through traffic.
Limit access to roofs by moving Euro bins away from walls and covering drainpipes to prevent vandals from scaling them.
Step up security
Install some type of security camera.
Organise a 'Business Watch' with nearby shopkeepers to keep tabs on a business area. Businesses may want to employ security personnel to monitor property.
Don't allow a 'legal wall' or an area that permits graffiti, at your business; they are largely ineffective and may draw more graffiti vandals to the area.
Employ graffiti resistant materials or coatings on a chronically hit wall.
What we will do
Any graffiti on council owned property will be removed by us. To help us combat graffiti and prosecute those responsible, please report it to us using theGraffiti Report Form.
We remove graffiti from public areas including Public Highway Land and Parks.
We remove racist or obscene graffiti on council owned land within 90 minutes if it being reported to Dudley Council Plus.
When graffiti appears on council owned property, we will remove it as soon as possible from the time we receive the report.
Where don't we remove graffiti from
We will not remove graffiti from canals, railway bridges and some memorials
Graffiti on domestic and commercial premises
Removal of graffiti from private property is the responsibility of the property owner.We do not offer a removal service; however we can offer advice on remedial action by contacting us using the details below.