Graffiti is vandalism and is very expensive to remove. While
some people think graffiti is an art form, for most the reality is
that it makes an area look untidy, is often offensive and adds to
people's perceptions that an area is unsafe. If graffiti is not
removed it can encourage more anti-social behaviour and crime and
make people feel frightened and intimidated.
Graffiti is an act of criminal damage which is defined as
deliberately or recklessly destroying or damaging someone else’s
home, building, vehicle or other items.
Graffiti includes painting, writing, soiling, marking and
defacing property. Individuals found committing an offence of
graffiti can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 by an authorised
officer for minor offences. The Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003
gives local authorities powers to tackle this problem.
Protecting your property
There are a number of methods available to ensure that your
property isn't targeted by graffiti vandals:
- Avoid having outside wall painted white where possible - as
this will act as a canvas for graffiti
- Apply textured surfaces such as pebble dash to walls
- Create shrubberies against walls to restrict access to wall
- Prevent access to high walls or roofs by coating drainpipes
with non drying paint
- Secure fencing around your property to limit easy access
- Think about installing security cameras
- Coat walls with suitable graffiti resistant coating
To report graffiti, please contact the Call Centre on
01234 718060, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or email the completed form to: email@example.com.
You can also help the Council to catch
those committing these offences by taking photos that document
the graffiti, and the time and location where it has
taken place. This can be used as evidence in the event that a
person is arrested and charged.
As part of our efforts to clean the Borough, Bedford Borough
Council will remove graffiti from the highway and publicly owned
land and aims to remove obscene and racist graffiti within 24
working hours of it being reported.
Businesses will also need to sign a disclaimer giving the
council permission to clean graffiti from their premises.
However, companies that fail to sign the disclaimer and fail to
keep their properties clean will be forced to remove their
graffiti. The council can issue graffiti removal notices to
organisations such as railway operators and those responsible for
street furniture. If graffiti is not removed within 28
days, The Council has the authority to remove it and
reclaim the costs.
'Graffiti Busters’ scheme
The Council’s ‘Graffiti Busters’ scheme provides a service for
graffiti removal from private property which is visually obtrusive
from a public highway. Residents requesting this service will be
required to sign a disclaimer
form for the council to be able to carry out the work. You
can post the form to: Community Volunteering, Bedford Borough
Council, FREEPOST NAT536, Bedford, MK40 1BR.