Graffiti is a huge problem in countries across the world, but particularly in the UK and US. In countries such as the UK graffiti is illegal and classed as criminal damage. This is because permission has not been granted by the owner of a public or private place, for the graffiti to be done. Due to this there are many anti graffiti schemes, campaigns, groups and events to help crack down on the offense. Across the globe in the UK, US and Australia campaigns and schemes are continually being introduced; here are a few of the latest.
The Anti Graffiti Association aims to manage graffiti and vandalism via research, communication and education. Their membership scheme enables members to access advice on the removal and prevention of graffiti. A recent policy the association is campaigning for is the introduction of anti graffiti coatings, also known as anti graffiti paint, as an international standard. The anti graffiti association was set up in 2001 by a collection of parties concerned about the growing rate of graffiti. The annual AGA conference will take place later this year in London.
In Australia Graffiti Action Day is once again happening due to the success of 2010s Graffiti Action Day. The 2011 event is being held on May 15th. It is a community based day which gets hundreds of volunteers, local councils and volunteers to help look after the community. In 2010 a huge 4718 square meters of graffiti was removed from over 230 sites. This year the focus will be on graffiti hotspots that police have identified in Australia. The Keep Australia Beautiful initiative hopes to create partnerships with local councils so the graffiti removal can be jointly funded and removed as part of the Graffiti Action Day 2011. This funding will also help implement other methods through Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), such as landscaping.
In San Diego a tracking system to track graffiti taggers is to be implemented in 2011. The GPS Tracker device takes photographs of graffiti which is put into a database so that police can track individual taggers. This is to help with prosecution and to discourage existing graffiti artists. With Graffiti Tracker services, the police use a GPS enabled camera to photograph the graffiti and record the time, date and location which are all added to the database. This information can help police identify repeat offenders and track their geographic locations.
These anti graffiti schemes and events involve a huge amount of planning with the aim to prevent the offense and educate people on the topic. Whilst graffiti is a controversial topic, there are many other community schemes, for example chewing gum removal, that local councils have to fund on a regular basis too.
Community Clean support anti graffiti campaigns; we are the sole sponsor of the 2011 Anti Graffiti Association Conference and want to help prevent and educate people on graffiti.
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