Graffiti Prevention

Report Suspicious Behavior
If you see someone about to write graffiti or commit any other crime, call 911 immediately. You may report tips about graffiti vandals by calling (207) 874-8972.

Question Teens Who Try to Get Spray Paint
If teenagers ask for spray paint, find out how the paint is going to be used before providing them with it.

Teach Responsibility & Respect

Your children need to know that graffiti on private and public property is illegal and disrespectful.

Teach Community Pride
Parents, teachers, and community leaders should help discourage graffiti. The greater the stake a teen has in his or her community, the less likely he or she will vandalize it.

Protect Your Own Property
Although there is no foolproof way to deter graffiti, there are some measures you can take to make your home or business less attractive to graffiti vandals. Below are some ideas.
  • Landscaping - Vandals like to paint graffiti on large flat surfaces, like sides of buildings or garages. Consider planting ivy or other clinging vegetation along these structures. The plants make your property look greener while reducing the likelihood that there will be graffiti problems.
  • Murals - Graffiti vandals also like having clean canvases for their work. That’s why painting murals on garage doors or walls can deter graffiti. However, be careful what artwork you put up. Some designs and styles could give vandals the impression that their graffiti is tolerated in your neighborhood.
  • Fences - Fences can also have a nice, flat, graffiti-friendly surface. Avoid this by getting one with board gaps or lattices. That way, you can enclose your yard without inviting graffiti.
What Makes a Wall Attractive to Graffiti Vandals
Attractive
Not So Attractive
Smooth
Rough
Light-colored
Dark-colored
Regular paint
Anti-graffiti paint
Patched and dirty
Clean and freshly painted

Other Solutions
  • Install fences and plant thorny or thick bushes in front of large walls. Make it harder for vandals to get access to roofs of businesses by covering downspouts and moving commercial trash bins away from walls. When painting your property, consider darker colors that are less attractive to graffiti vandals. Increase lighting or use motion-activated lights around your property. Consider applying a protective coating which provides a barrier between your property’s surface and the graffiti. Several different brands and prices are available. Check the Yellow Pages under “Graffiti Removal & Protection.”
  • Make it harder for vandals to get access to roofs of businesses by covering downspouts and moving commercial trash bins away from walls.
  • When painting your property, consider darker colors that are less attractive to graffiti vandals.
  • Increase lighting or use motion-activated lights around your property.
  • Consider applying a protective coating which provides a barrier between your property’s surface and the graffiti. Several different brands and prices are available. Check the Yellow Pages under “Graffiti Removal & Protection.”
Organize
There are many advantages when block clubs, neighborhood organizations and other groups band together to protect their environment:
  • Form a neighborhood graffiti removal crew and help those who are not able to do so themselves
  • Get neighborhood businesses to sponsor clean-up and prevention efforts
  • Create a watch force for areas frequently vandalized
  • Involve community youth in removing graffiti
  • Help identify and apprehend graffiti writers involved in graffiti
  • Participate in the city’s public property adoption