If you see someone tagging
- Don’t confront the offender.
- Call the Police on 111.
If you see the tagging after the offenders have left, phone the Wellington Central Police Station on (04) 381 2000 to report it as an offence.
If your property is tagged
You should remove or paint over the graffiti within 24 hours.
Taggers want to be recognised – they see their graffiti or tags as ‘ownership’ of space. Taggers will repeat their scrawl as many times as possible to advertise to other taggers for recognition or status.
Rapid removal is the best way to prevent tagging because:
- it reduces the recognition that taggers desire
- it shows the area is looked after
- if tagging is left where it is for longer than 24 hours, it’s likely taggers will return to have another go.
Remember that taggers are persistent so you may need to deal with graffiti repeatedly. Keep removing it straight away until the graffiti has stopped altogether. If a tag is old, it will be harder to remove.
Report graffiti on Council and Wellington Electricity property
Ways to report graffiti in public areas:
Information to provide when you are reporting graffiti
- the exact location
- what surface the graffiti is written on (eg wooden door, concrete wall etc)
- whether it is spray painted, written in marker pen or scratched etc
- if possible, what it says
- what colour it is
- whether it is obscene or offensive
- your name and contact details (phone number and/or email address).