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- What is graffiti vandalism?
- How do I report graffiti?
- What do I do if my property has been 'tagged' with graffiti?
- How can I keep my building from becoming a graffiti target?
- Who is responsible for removing graffiti from public property?
- Why is it so important to remove graffiti as soon as possible?
- Is graffiti a victimless crime?
- Is graffiti a sign of gang-related activity?
- I have a mural on my property that has been damaged or vandalized. What should I do?
- What should I do if I want to get a mural painted on my property?
Graffiti vandalism is a concern for cities around world and a growing challenge both in Vancouver and regionally. Graffiti can quickly transform a neighbourhood. It harms local residents, organizations, businesses, and property owners.
Graffiti is vandalism under the law and includes one or more letters, symbols, or marks made on public, private, or other surfaces without permission. Even if done with permission, it must conform our mural guidelines for acceptable forms of art and public notification.
It’s important to report graffiti on public or private property to ensure that it’s removed in a timely manner.
- Report graffiti on public or private property.
- Report vandalism in progress by phoning 9-1-1.
- If you are a victim of graffiti, file a police report.
There are several clean-up options available to you, including:
- Report it to the Vancouver Police.
- By phone: non-emergency, 604-717-3321
- Remove the graffiti yourself. Remember, as a property owner it is your responsibility to remove graffiti from your building
- Hire a professional graffiti removal company to remove it for you
There are several ways to deter graffiti. Some suggestions are:
- Use commercial products that make cleaning graffiti easier
- Apply a protective coating on your walls, which facilitates graffiti removal (but will not repel graffiti)
- Install motion detector lights to discourage vandals from tagging in the light
- Keep your property tidy and clean up any graffiti ASAP to deter additional vandalism
- Eliminate opportunities for vandals to climb onto the roof
The City of Vancouver is responsible for removing graffiti from public places such as City buildings, light poles, signs, and other public amenities. If you see graffiti on public property, report it online.
There are many features on or around public property that do not belong to the City but are the responsibility of external organizations. For example, the removal of graffiti on a telephone pole or box is the responsibility of Telus. We are working to develop a streamlined and accessible process to report graffiti to these organizations.
Delays in removal tend to encourage graffiti vandals to expand the graffiti to adjacent properties. In this way, graffiti can act as a magnet and attract more graffiti to the area. Graffiti may still re-occur a few times, be persistent.
Graffiti vandalism is more than just words or symbols sprayed on a wall. If graffiti vandalism is left to spread in our communities it can:
- Leave the impression that no-one cares about the community
- Lead to increase crime and vandalism
- Discourage business and shopping
- Divert funds from community programs to removing graffiti
- Affect the sense of safety and security of residents and visitors
There are many types of graffiti vandalism. It is estimated that less than 1% of all graffiti vandalism in Vancouver is associated with gangs. The most common type of graffiti vandalism is “tagging”, which consists of hand scribbles and sometimes bubble lettering or complex words.
In the past, Murals served as a major deterrence to graffiti in Vancouver. However, in the last couple of years, many of our city’s murals have been vandalized. Integrated Graffiti Management Program staff will work with local businesses and property owners to address the damaged art works.
More tips for managing graffiti vandalism on your property
- Apply protective coating on your walls to help with future graffiti removal
- Install motion detector lights to discourage vandals
- Move vehicles, dumpsters, and other items away from walls
- Cover pipes to prevent access to the roof or upper levels of a building
- Keep your property tidy
- Commission a mural on a persistently targeted wall
A mural is a painting, mosaic, or relief artwork applied to exterior walls, facilities, or structures.