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Preventing Graffiti

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a method used by many organizations to reduce crime by making changes to the physical environment.

Here are some CPTED strategies that property owners can implement to reduce vulnerability to graffiti vandalism:

  • Consider that a large, unobstructed wall is like a blank canvas for potential graffiti taggers. Planting a simple row of shrubs or greenery would make your walls less accessible to taggers.
  • Research indicates that artistic murals help curb graffiti because taggers generally won’t tag the work of another artist. A mural also creates an element of beauty in your business area. For more information on installing a mural on your building, email graffiti@woodbuffalo.ab.ca.
  • One of the best deterrents of graffiti is rapid removal. If your building is defaced with graffiti, removing it within 48 hours will reduce the likelihood of a repeat offence. The RMWB can provide basic removal supplies for quick action.
  • Buildings that show obvious signs of caretaking and upkeep tend to be less susceptible to graffiti. Make sure that there is no debris around your building, empty garbage receptacles regularly, keep landscaping neat and trim, fix any broken signage, and keep the back of your building clear and tidy. By doing these things, you let taggers know that this is a well-cared for building with no place for graffiti.
  • Consider installing surveillance cameras around your building. Other surveillance tactics include keeping the building well-lit and eliminating any hidden spots.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is committed to helping residents and local businesses prevent and remove graffiti to keep our region beautiful. Contact graffiti@woodbuffalo.ab.ca to learn more about CPTED practices or to obtain basic graffiti removal supplies.

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