Graffiti

The whole community has a role to play in keeping the our local area graffiti free and enjoyable for everyone.

Reporting graffiti

If you spot graffiti on Council owned property, use the online reporting tool to let us know. We aim to respond and remove graffiti from Council owned property within a short timeframe, in line with best practice in graffiti management. 

If you’re unsure on whether the property belongs to us, have a quick look below for examples of property types and who to contact if you do spot graffiti or other vandalism. 

If you spot someone actively vandalising property of any kind, please call the Police on 000 to lodge a report. 

Removing graffiti from your property

The longer graffiti remains visible, the more attention it receives. We recommend removing graffiti as soon as it is discovered using our free Sosafe Graffiti Removal kits, available for all residents of the Central Coast. 

The kits are available from the Wyong and Gosford service centres as well as our Library branches. There are two kits available to suit different applications. 

  • Brick, stone, unpainted concrete and other non painted surfaces- Blue lid Sosafe removal kit
  • Colourbond fencing, painted concrete and other painted hard surfaces- Green lid Sosafe removal kit

Both kits contain remover spray, protective eyewear, gloves and a coarse scrubbing brush. You'll need to fill in a quick form when you pickup your kit to confirm your address and details. 

Preventing graffiti

Vandals prefer flat, light coloured surfaces in places that face public areas. 

There are a number of simple tips that can help prevent graffiti on your property, whether it's business or residential.

  • Where possible, paint surfaces in darker colours. This helps deter graffiti and makes the space easier to repaint if the damage is severe.
  • Planting native shrubs, creeping vines or other screening plants cam help deter vandals and provide a natural barrier to their activity while enhancing your property's appearance.
  • Landscaping techniques can be used to help prevent access and deter criminals. See the Australian Institute of Criminology- Crime prevention through environmental design for more information
  • Public art has been shown to lower frequency of vandalism and graffiti attacks. Consider sponsoring a mural for your business premises. 
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance can help create a feeling of security and comfort as well as providing a deterent to vandals and evidence of their activities for police reporting. 
  • Anti-graffiti coatings are available in commercial and DIY form. These help protect your surfaces making removal of graffiti loads easier. This option is perfect for signs and murals. 

 

 

 

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Last updated : Tue 2 Apr 2019