Prevent graffiti

The rapid and continual removal of graffiti and keeping the appearance of your property neat and clean are the best ways to prevent it.

Removing graffiti within 24–48 hours makes it easier to clean, reduces the recognition for graffiti vandals from having their graffiti on display, and discourages more graffiti.

Make the target harder

  • Reduce access to walls (eg fencing, landscaping).
  • Restrict access during high-risk times (eg lock gates at night).
  • Increase lighting.
  • Increase surveillance (eg install CCTV, use alarms or movement-activated lighting).
  • Use materials and coatings to deter graffiti.
  • Reduce the size and number of walls through landscaping, colour, texture, art or design.
  • Use the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) to reduce the opportunity for offenders to target your property.

Reduce the rewards

  • Remove graffiti quickly.
  • Remove the most prolific and prominent tags first.
  • Don't show images of graffiti in the media.
  • Use anti-graffiti coatings.

Anti-graffiti coatings

There are two types of protective anti-graffiti coatings:

  • sacrificial coatings are protective but come off when graffiti is removed; so must be reapplied
  • non-sacrificial or permanent anti-graffiti coatings are unaffected by the graffiti-removal process, but they are more hazardous and difficult to apply.