Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes:
Recently one of Sydney’s Councils budgeted $536,460 for graffiti removal, believing the best way to fight graffiti is to remove it quickly.
Tougher laws are being introduced to try and reduce the amount of graffiti sweeping our suburbs. People now found carrying pens, paint or spray cans face and $1,100 fine or three month’s jail. On the spot fines can now be issued to retailers who sell spray paint to people under the age of 18.
From a real estate perspective, rarely does a real estate signboard on a property go unscathed! Driving through a suburban street last week, three signboards had been vandalized with graffiti. What should the owners and agents do to combat this blatant vandalism?
Keeping signboards “up high” has been one suggestion – that way the offenders cannot reach them. But does this mean the number of people being able to read them is reduced? There are a number of graffiti removing products, not to mention Mineral Turpentine and Methylated Spirits. Unfortunately some of these products remove part of the artwork on the signboard.
Most signboard manufacturers offer a service to come out and remove the graffiti for a small charge. We would love to hear how you overcome this growing problem.