Published on Dec 17, 2018
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Dealing with graffiti is an ongoing challenge that impacts our community. Most business owners would like to present a clean, safe and welcoming environment for our residents, workers and visitors.
From a legal view point intentionally damaging or defacing any premises, vehicle or other property is a crime. It’s also an offence to have a graffiti implement in your possession.
A graffiti implement can be spray paint, a marker pen or any other implement designed or modified to produce a mark that cannot be removed with soap and water.
It’s also a crime to affix a placard or paper to any premises, or to intentionally mark any premises with chalk, paint or any other materials, without permission.
The penalty is fines and up to 5 years imprisonment.
Tips to prevent graffiti
- plant vegetation to help restrict access to walls and views into buildings/yards
- provide lighting – as a well-lit area may deter vandalism
- secure your property to restrict access to graffiti vandals
- remove graffiti as quickly as possible. Quick removal of graffiti may deter future graffiti crime, as offenders don’t receive the recognition from other graffiti offenders.
How to report graffiti
- Service NSW operates a graffiti hotline for reporting and quick removal of graffiti. To report graffiti call 1800 707 125 during office hours or go online (the website also has graffiti removal information).
- Police Assistance Line (PAL). Phone 131444, 24/7. This number is preferred to phoning the local police station. Using PAL means the report becomes part of the official statistics on crime activity in the local area.
- NSW Police Force Community Portal. By accessing this portal and submitting a report of graffiti to your property, it becomes an official police report. Attach photos as this can help the police identify the offender.
- You can also report it to Council.
Don’t become complacent. Graffiti is a crime, one that can quickly change the look and feel of a community.