There is an underground war being waged on streets across the nation, only this war is fought with spray paint. Graffiti is the most common type of vandalism, adding up to 35% of all property vandalisms. Nearly 80% of graffiti is “tagger” graffiti belonging to a particular group or artist. Another 5% consists of “pieces” or large visuals often considered by many to be works of art. An unfortunate 10% of graffiti is gang related, often representing gang turf and influence. Whether considered art or not, graffiti damage costs taxpayers around $1 to $3 per person per year; that is a combined minimum of $319 across the nation. Here’s what you need to know to protect your business and our streets from graffiti damage.
There are ways to protect buildings from graffiti. An anti-graffiti film can be applied to surfaces to protect them from spray paint. By choosing an anti graffiti laminate or anti graffiti spray you can take a preventative step to ensure that your business won’t be tagged. In the event that a building has been vandalized, it is essential to remove graffiti within 48 hours to prevent the paint from adhering.
Street and Traffic Signs
Street signs are some of the most heavily targeted pieces of public property for vandals, as they are in areas where many people are intended to see them. Since it can cost up to $500 to clean a tagged street sign, it is no wonder why vandals can receive a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail time if they are caught. Without vandals, a traffic sign can last up to 10 years, although up to 75% of all traffic signs are replaced because of vandalism. Like buildings, signs can be sprayed with a multilayer film that fights graffiti.
Public Utility Cabinets
The presence of graffiti makes a powerful statement on the urban landscape; similarly a lack of graffiti too can portray a message. Public utility cabinets are used by public employees regularly and can be seen around cities. Normally, these cabinets blend into the metropolis, but taggers have recently started including these cabinets among their routine targets. Thankfully there are a number of utility cabinet graphics intended to deter graffiti. These utility cabinet graphics repel paint and keep streets looking clean. Graffiti affects the whole community, fight back and keep your streets looking beautiful.