Strathfield Council, public authorities, businesses and private property owners devote significant resources to managing and removing graffiti vandalism. The term ‘Graffiti vandalism’ generally refers to illegally defacing private and public property with markings and/or graphics without the owner's consent.

Council has adopted a Graffiti Management Policy that sets out how Council manages graffiti vandalism in the Strathfield Local Government Area.

Rapid and continual removal of graffiti vandalism is the best way for property owners to protect their property and preserve the image of their neighbourhood. Removing graffiti within 24 to 48 hours makes removal easier and more effective and reduces the notoriety for graffiti vandals that results from having the graffiti vandalism on display.

 

Tips for Avoiding Graffiti

Graffiti attracts graffiti

Graffiti on your property should be removed as soon as it appears. Graffiti on a wall or building attracts increased vandalism and more graffiti and may spread to other areas of your own, or your neighbours property.

Plants that fight back

Where a wall or object is a target for graffiti vandals, the answer may be as easy as some well-positioned plants. By covering a wall or object with a climbing plant such as the Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila) you remove the object that is being graffitied, you may also plant shrubs or small trees along the object or create a hedge. By using plants that have spikes the plants can fight back, when used in areas near an object that attracts vandals you are making it less likely that vandals will try to get to the object.

Don't provide a blank canvas

A large straight wall of the one material without breaks, inclusions or interesting points is offering the vandals a blank canvas to paint on. A wall or fence that is a large expanse of the one material and colour without any breaks or inclusions is just teasing the vandals and providing the perfect place for them to place their graffiti. When designing buildings, walls and fences consideration should be made to reducing the expanse of the wall or fence, providing inclusions, landscaping, breaks and points of interest, these items not only make your wall much more attractive to the streetscape but also reduces the chance of the structure being vandalised.

Lighting

Graffiti vandals tend to prefer properties and objects that are dimly lit at night. Increasing lighting within vandalised areas and installation of bright sensor lights can prevent vandals.

Maintenance

A well maintained property with a good looking garden will be less likely to be vandalised or attacked by graffiti vandals than a run down or dilapidated property with overgrown weeds and gardens. Make sure that you maintain your garden and lawn, do not leave rubbish or old furniture within your property and keep your buildings, walls and fences properly maintained.

Businesses, shops and commercial areas

In addition to the methods described above there are a few additional methods that businesses, shops and commercial areas can utilise that will not only prevent graffiti, but also make the area more attractive to customers.

  • Ensure windows (including shop windows) are kept clear and have high visibility to the outside and vice versa.
  • Provide attractive window displays; show off your premium product or the latest special. Keep posters and written information to a minimum and up to date.
  • Clean any graffiti as soon as it appears (including within awnings, roller doors and areas that are not visible during open hours)
  • Remove posters, excess advertising material and other obstructions from the frontage of the building including windows and walls. If this material is necessary they may be placed in temporary displays that are taken in when the property is closed.
  • Provide lighting to the shopfront and under awnings and encourage your neighbours to do so. If the area is bright and easily visible to neighbours and passing vehicles your frontage is less attractive to graffiti vandals. If your windows are clear at night leave some lights on at the front of the shop that brighten the street.
  • Report the vandalism to the police each time, although they may not respond directly, if their records indicate high vandalism within an area they may increase patrols and police on the beat.
  • Ensure your property has a neat and tidy appearance, both day and night.

 

Reporting Graffiti

Council property

Council removes graffiti from Council property within 48 hours of reporting. Council's properties include buildings, signs, park and street furniture, and road signs.  To report any damage to public property contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999 or if you witness someone putting graffiti on a property, contact the Police immediately.

Public Authorities and State/Federal Government land and infrastructure

If graffiti appears on property belonging to State or Federal Government or utilities such as Sydney Water, Roads & Maritime Services, Ausgrid's electrical substations, streetlights etc, Council is unable to remove the graffiti. Below are the correct organisations to contact.

Item

Contact

Graffiti on mailboxes

Australia Post
13 13 18 or 9793 4705.

Graffiti on substations and kiosks (green boxes)

Ausgrid
13 15 35

Graffiti on road signs on main roads such as Parramatta or Liverpool Road

RMS
13 17 82 or 8814 2337

Graffiti on telecommunication devices

Telstra
13 22 03

Graffiti on trains, train stations or rail property, buses or bus stops

Transport for NSW
13 15 00

Graffiti on Sydney Water infrastructure

Sydney Water
13 20 92

General 

Police Assistance Line
131 444