Reporting graffiti in Coulsdon
12/05/2014 18:07:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
A few weeks back we reported some graffiti in Coulsdon. It was swiftly painted over on 30th April, but I thought residents would welcome knowing more about what the Council is doing to tackle the unwanted markings.
Unfortunately, it is extremely hard to prosecute graffiti artists as to do so effectively means having to catch them in the act. The Council's policy is to remove offensive graffiti quickly. Removal of graffiti from private property is the responsibility of the property owner rather than the council. However, the Council has undertaken a range of measures to tackle the problem not only from an enforcement perspective but also to raise awareness.
The Crossfire Project (London Fire Service) goes into schools to raise awareness of the impact of graffiti and vandalism on local communities. Trading Standards introduced measures for retailers not sell spray paints to young people and Youth Offending Services run a Community PayBack Scheme where young offenders have to undertake work within local communities which can include cleaning up areas.
The Police have also prioritised vandalism and criminal damage, which includes graffiti, as part of the MOPAC 7 (the top 7 crimes which impact most on local neighbourhoods) in their current priorities. MOPAC is the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime.
If you have a smartphone, I suggest you download the 'MyCroydon' app so you can take a picture and report it straight away to the right Council department. If you don't then you can still report it to the Council by following the instruction on the Council website here: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/transportandstreets/streets/graffiti.