Tagging affects neighbourhoods whenever it is not promptly removed. Taggers love to add their mark to existing graffiti. If your property is continuously being hit, there are some steps you can take to prevent tagging.
- Plant a hedge, shrubs or a hanging plant in front of a fence or wall.
- Increase visibility at night by installing lighting. Lights with motion sensors are a popular choice as they only activate when a person approaches.
- Install video surveillance cameras. The possibility of being caught on film is a good deterrent.
- Remove graffiti as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours. One tag tends to attract others.
- Form or join your local Neighbourhood Support Group and become involved in local initiatives to protect areas targeted by taggers.
- Protect exposed walls and fences with a graffiti protection product. Check the Yellow Pages for suppliers.
- Consider painting a mural on a communal area being targeted – it has worked to deter tagging in other areas and could become a community project. If you would like to pursue this option please contact Council's Community Development Team on 07 577 7000.
Tagging is wilful damage and therefore a crime. If you see any suspicious activity happening, report it to police on 111. To report after the fact, call the local police station.
For further tips please take a look at the Ministry of Justice STOP Graffiti Guide.
Ministry of Justice STOP Graffiti Guide
Last Reviewed: 21/07/2016