Graffiti is a crime that affects us all. It can lower property values, make people feel unsafe, reduce business patronage and encourage other types of crime.
Most graffiti occurs on exposed walls and fences and is usually in the form of messages in letters or images, written in spray paint, permanent marker or even etched into the surface with a sharp instrument. Graffiti vandals have no respect for private or community property and no regard for the negative impacts of their actions.
Their aim is to impress their peers and strengthen their reputations, by putting their graffiti tags in as many places as possible.
Graffiti that is left intact attracts more graffiti and the longer it remains, the greater the gratification for perpetrators. It also suggests that the community does not care or is unable to deal with the problem.
Keeping business premises graffiti free helps to reinforce a professional image with customers, while keeping our neighbourhoods graffiti free reinforces pride in our city and helps to maintain feelings of safety and well-being.
You can help us to stay on top of graffiti vandalism by taking measures to prevent it, and if it does occur, by making sure it is cleaned as quickly as possible.
City of Gold Coast supports a range of programs aimed at preventing graffiti - such as encouraging property owners to be more aware, working with retailers of paint products and working with police and other government agencies on crime prevention and education.
Wipe out graffiti - is City of Gold Coast's strategy for reducing graffiti - and we need your help.
Graffiti can be prevented in a number of ways - through rapid removal, physical measures (including landscaping and lighting) and early intervention programs with young people, as well as offender apprehension partnerships with the police.
You can make your home or business less attractive to graffiti vandals in a number of ways including restricting access by planting vegetation in front of walls and fences to reduce the canvas for vandals, and by using landscaping instead of fencing.
Graffiti vandals like smooth surfaces, so walls and fences made using textured and uneven materials, as well as mesh, grilles and lattices are less prone to graffiti.
Ensure easy graffiti repair by using impervious, easy-to-clean surfaces such as tiles and polished masonry.
Anti-graffiti coatings can also prevent graffiti from being absorbed. Apply to a minimum height of three metres.
A 'legal wall' is a designated space for the application of graffiti marks or 'tags'.
A number of international and local trials have shown that they are not effective in helping to prevent graffiti and in fact, legal walls can:
- attract vandals into an area
- provide them with an excuse for possessing spray paint cans
- make it difficult for police to lay charges for graffiti-related offences.
Tagging usually spreads beyond the legal wall to surrounding areas, and competition for space can lead to intimidation and violence.
For these reasons, there are no legal walls in the City's public open spaces.
However, the City will consider using murals at key hotspots as a graffiti prevention strategy.
Murals differ from legal walls in that they are subject to normal public art processes. This ensures designs reflect local themes, are acceptable to the broader community and that the artist applies appropriate risk management procedures.
Mural artists often design murals as an urban art feature and use aerosol spray paint and the stylised lettering favoured by graffiti vandals, which decreases the likelihood of the mural being defaced.
Watch our graffiti prevention video.
The Graffiti Prevention Education Program is a curriculum aligned resource which aims to educate young people about the personal, community and environmental consequences of graffiti.
The Graffiti Prevention Education program materials feature 14 ready-to-use lesson plans and activities for students from Foundation to Year 12. This information is also available at the Queensland State Schools' ‘Learning Place’.
For enquiries and support with this program please contact our Community Safety, Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was funded under a grant from the Australian Government.
City of Gold Coast has a Volunteer Graffiti Removal Program.
The Program provides community groups with tools, training and support to remove graffiti from a limited number of locations around the Gold Coast.
Groups wishing to take part in the Program can complete the Expression of Interest form to nominate themselves and potential graffiti removal sites. Groups must be pre-approved, have adequate insurance and be willing to follow set processes and procedures.
View the Expression of Interest form below.
View a short film about the induction
If you have any queries about the program or expression of interest process, please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on telephone 07 5581 6642 or email email@example.com.