Graffiti has significant social and financial impacts for local business and residents. Rapid removal is recommended to discourage further occurrences. If you see any graffiti it is important that you report it. Most graffiti occurs on exposed walls and fences and is usually in a form of messages in letters or images, written in spray paint, permanent marker or even etched into surfaces.
Free graffiti clean-up kits
Free kits to clean up graffiti are available for collection from the Council customer service centres. The kit contains an eco-safe, nontoxic spray solution, scrubbing brush, protective glasses, gloves, soap and a cloth. The Toowoomba region also offers a free removal service through the Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnerships initiative.
It is recommended that the illegal graffiti is reported prior to kit collection. The police can supply you with a QP number which can be given to the customer service team.
If you see graffiti report it via one of the following:
- call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
- download GraffitiSTOP Free App and submit electronically
- call us on 131 872
- download iCouncil free app and submit electronically
- report graffiti on your property to police by phoning 131 444 or by reporting online to Policelink.
While graffiti can be a common problem there are things you can do to help prevent graffiti occurring on your property.
1. Prevent - You can make your home or business less attractive to vandals by restricting access to walls or fences by planting vegetation in front of them. Plan for easy graffiti repair, choose surfaces that can be repainted or are easy to clean, such as tiles or polished masonry. Textured and uneven materials such as, mesh, grills and lattices are less prone to graffiti. Dark colours are less attractive. Anti-graffiti coatings can also prevent graffiti from being absorbed. Install lighting.
2. Report - Everything you report helps keep your streets graffiti free.
3. Remove - Use the kits and remove tags as quickly as possible. You can use mentholated spirits, turps, paint stripper, dedicated graffiti products or oven cleaner. These products contain toxic and chemicals so wear protective clothing, including a mask and always ensure they are stored out of reach of children in a locked cupboard. Alternatively, professional graffiti removal companies are listed in the yellow pages under graffiti or paint removal services.
Street and urban art and illegal graffiti
It is important to note the difference between street and urban art and illegal graffiti. Many Toowoomba lanes and walls were transformed with the First Coat initiative. These works are legal and are identified as being part of a program.
Graffiti Education Program – Be Smart. Tags ain’t Art.
As part of the Graffitistop initiative, Council in conjunction with Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnerships engaged Warner Youth Education to deliver a graffiti education program to students in Years 5 – 8 educating students about the differences and consequences between legal and illegal graffiti in an interactive and engaging presentation.