Graffiti Enforcement

Graffiti

 

What is graffiti?

Why is graffiti a problem?

What action can West Northamptonshire Council (Daventry Area) take to address graffiti?

What about graffiti on private property?

How do I report a problem with graffiti?

  

What is graffiti?

Graffiti relates to any drawings, tags, pictures, messages, or scribbles that are painted, written, or carved on walls, street furniture and other surfaces.   
 

Why is graffiti a problem?

 

  • It is unsightly - graffiti is an indication of a neglected neighbourhood and is associated with crime, eg anti social behaviour. It also discourages people from visiting the area.

  • It is illegal - graffiti is vandalism and as such a criminal act which can result in the offender being arrested.

  • It is costly to remove - it costs the UK thousands of pounds to remove.

  • It attracts other crimes - areas with graffiti can attract other crimes occurring in this area and heightens the fear of crime.

 

What action can West Northamptonshire Council (Daventry Area) take to address graffiti?

The Council currently removes all graffiti from council owned property including litter bins, council houses and playgrounds. Any graffiti on private property town or parish council owned land is their responsibility.  However, if the graffiti is judged to be offensive by the Council, we may require the landowner to clear the graffiti.

Those who cause graffiti can be issued with Community Protection Warnings, Notices or issued with Fixed Penalty Notices of £100. If the offence is serious or repeated the offender can be prosecuted,  with a fine of up to £5000, and face the imposition of a Criminal Behaviour Order, which if breached can result in a prison sentence. Offenders may also be required to remove the graffiti.

Town or parish councils may wish to consider the use of a graffiti wall where graffiti is permitted, in existing open spaces and parks, as this can be helpful in reducing the occurrence of graffiti elsewhere.

 What about graffiti on private property?

The Council does not remove graffiti from private property. However if the graffiti on private land is offensive or particularly unsightly the Council can take action against the landowner to clear the graffiti. 


 How do I report a problem with graffiti? 

You can report a graffiti instance on line via Self Service.  Alternatively, you can download the Environmental Crime Reporting Booklet, complete it and return it to the Council.  If you know of an offender report them to us through the hotline or online and we will where possible undertake an enforcement investigation. However if you witness someone vandalising property with graffiti do not approach them but record all necessary details and report them to the council or Police when possible. Road signs and lamp posts please report any graffiti on this property on 0845 601 1113.

 

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