How do I prevent graffiti on my property?
Maintain the appearance of your property
Neglecting your property’s appearance may attract vandals, who think they can get away with tagging or marking up rundown and abandoned buildings. Repair broken fences, keep up your landscaping, and clean up any litter to show that you care about your property. A neat, clean street and neighbourhood helps to discourage graffiti vandals.
Plant vines or thorny plants in front of walls and fences
Graffiti vandals typically look for safe, easy targets to vandalise. Planting shrubs, trees and vines in front of walls and fences can make those targets hard to spray paint or mark up. Thorny plants like roses or bougainvillea are especially effective, since the graffiti vandals won’t be able to get close without tearing their clothes or injuring themselves.
Invest in home security technology
Home security systems can help ward off graffiti vandals, as well as burglars. Install home security technology in visible places to deter potential offenders, and advertise its use through signage.
Keep the exterior of your property well-lit by installing motion-activated (sensor) lights. Vandals know that good lighting increases the chance of being caught and reported, which is why graffiti is much more common in dimly lit areas.
Finally, make it difficult for graffiti vandals to reach your walls and roof by installing locks, gates or fences. A wire-mesh or cyclone fence is ideal, because they don’t provide a flat surface for vandals to graffiti on.
Consider dark colours, murals or anti-graffiti coatings
Painting solid surfaces like walls and fences in dark colours can make your property less attractive to graffiti vandals, as the graffiti won’t show up as well.
Alternatively, commission local artists to cover your surface with a beautiful artwork. A covered wall is much less inviting to graffiti artists, as it takes away the enticing ‘blank canvas’.
Anti-graffiti surface coatings can also be applied over paintwork. They help you to easily wash off graffiti without damaging the paint and masonry underneath. Simply painting over graffiti could allow the graffiti to still show through, and you would be presenting a fresh canvas for the vandal.