Graffiti is any illegal marking to walls and other surfaces. It covers a wide variety of forms including ‘masterpieces’, ‘tags’, juvenile scribbles, scratchings and etchings. Although there are many types of graffiti, by far the most prevalent throughout England are juvenile scribbles which are responsible for most of the graffiti on our streets. This type of graffiti can often be racist and offensive in nature.
For all you need to know about graffiti - including facts and figures, tips for campaigning in your local area and case studies from councils that are seeing success - click here to view our Graffiti Knowledge Bank.
What can I do about graffiti?
If you want to report graffiti in your local area you should firstly contact your local council and tell them about the problem. Your council, or its contractor, will usually remove graffiti from public buildings or monuments. In some cases it may also be able to help you with graffiti on private buildings.
Many groups involved in the Big Tidy Up www.thebigtidyup.org extend the event to more than litter picking. Often groups use a Big Tidy Up litter pick as a starting point to renovate an area such as a local park or community centre. This will often involve graffiti removal. Keep Britain Tidy run graffiti removal training courses for both councils and local communities. These courses can provide equipment, detailed information and practical tips on graffiti removal.
If you find graffiti unacceptable and think it is a blight on your local area why not become a Keep Britain Tidy supporter and we will keep you updated on everything we are doing to tackle the problem of graffiti and other environmental issues damaging our local communities.