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What is graffiti?
Graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorised marking of public space by an individual or group. Graffiti is widely considered a form of antisocial behaviour that creates a negative impression of an area.
What is wrong with graffiti ?
The defacement of property without the owners consent is a criminal offence
Graffiti can be of a racist or otherwise offensive nature
Often associated with other crime (drugs, gang activity, shoplifting of materials)
It can lead to a fear of crime in the local community
Creates the perception of urban decay (which can have an effect on property prices)
It is a blot on the street scene, and detracts from the amenity of an area (very little has any artistic merit)
What motivates offenders?
Whilst creating graffiti does not offer material reward to offenders, it does have meaning to them and their peers
Although it seems to be a senseless destruction of property, graffiti fulfils certain psychological needs in the perpetrators, including providing excitement and action, a sense of control and an element of risk.
Different types of graffiti are associated with different motives, although these drives may overlap
The motives for some types of conventional graffiti may include anger and hostility toward society, and the vandalism thus fulfils a personal outlet
How can you help?
If graffiti appears on your Dorset property:
Report it to the police
Report graffiti (opens in a new window) to your local council as soon as possible
Take photographs as evidence
Remove it as quickly as you can
Your local council will remove graffiti from the highway and council owned or controlled property only.
Graffiti removal in Dorset
Unless the graffiti is offensive or racist, removal will be carried out on a programmed basis within 7 days.
If racist or offensive graffiti is reported, all attempts will be made to remove it within 24 hours.