You can’t spell “spray paint” without “pain”

The pain graffiti can cause your district — extra costs, lost investors, negative perceptions — warrants a moment to understanding graffiti better. Know more about the issue to make it your number one target and minimize its impact.

Before and after graffiti

1. It’s intentional.

Graffiti is typically not senseless damage to property.

It’s often committed to send a message, show dissatisfaction, get revenge or make money. Finding out “why” collects insight on the source and how to proceed next.

2. It happens late.

Graffiti is often committed late in the evening, as less people are likely to be around and businesses have less surveillance. After-school hours can be common for juvenile offenders.

Contact and encourage security to be in the right place at the right time to deter new tags.

3. It’s public.

The most common targets are properties where no single organization or individual has direct responsibility.

Consider additional surveillance and communication around public property or private property in public view, especially areas that have been tagged before.

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