Private businesses are often the target of graffiti vandalism and the cost of cleaning graffiti can be prohibitive for businesses to achieve. The WA Police Force Graffiti Team are available to assist businesses in managing graffiti and can be contacted for advice. Information that supports businesses is available below.
Report & remove
All members of the community are able to report graffiti vandalism to the Goodbye Graffiti Hotline (1800 44 22 55) or on the reporting section of this website. Each report is forwarded to relevant local councils and major asset owners for cleanup. Please note: only some councils will clean graffiti off private property and businesses – please check with your local council.
If you are a victim of graffiti vandalism you will also be able to make a police report for further investigation and insurance purposes.
If you need to remove graffiti from your property you may prefer to remove the graffiti yourself or you may require the services of a professional graffiti removal service. For tips on graffiti removal and a registry of professional removal services click Graffiti Management Specialists.
Legislation affecting small business
The Graffiti Vandalism Act 2016 prohibits the sale of graffiti implements to a child. The maximum penalty for a first offence is a fine of $6,000 and $12,000 for a subsequent offence. This means no person under the age of 18 years can purchase graffiti implements, regardless of their intended use with them.
Under section 7 of the Graffiti Vandalism Act, a graffiti implement means any of these –
(a) a can of spray paint
(b) a pen or marker, or a similar implement that –
(i) has a tip over 6 mm wide; and
(ii) contains a fluid that is not water soluble and that is capable of marking a surface.
Etching is an increasing issue for asset owners, due to the frequency of damage to some businesses and the cost in replacing the scratched surface. The WA Police Force Graffiti Team is on the look out for etching/scratching prevention products. Click to view prevention products.
Designing out Graffiti fact sheets
Designing out Graffiti is a crime prevention strategy that aims to reduce the opportunity for crime through the design and management of the built and landscaped environments. It has been proven that applying these principles and techniques in planning of locations, can help to prevent graffiti and lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime. Click to view the downloadable brochures which are available.
Storage and Display of Graffiti Implements
Click the Voluntary Code of Conduct for more information on safer storage and display of potential graffiti implements.
Hotspot Intervention Program
The WA Police Force Graffiti Team has worked in partnership with small business owners and local councils to reduce graffiti vandalism at hotspot locations. A CPTED Audit is completed and a series of recommendations made to the asset owner, regarding appropriate techniques to reduce the opportunity for graffiti by potential offenders. An evaluation of the first Intervention has been completed and deemed successful. Six months on, the location remains free of graffiti vandalism. If your small business premises is a repeat victim of graffiti vandalism and you would like to review the CPTED techniques available, please contact the WA Police Force Graffiti Team.
Goodbye Graffiti Brochures/Posters
Posters and brochures to encourage the reporting of graffiti are available at no cost for your business. Click on the link to view the Resources page. Contact the Graffiti team on 9222 1432 for further information about the resources.
Grants Available to Manage Graffiti Vandalism
Funding is available to assist incorporated not-for-profit organisations to manage their graffiti issues. Projects that focus on graffiti removal and prevention, are a high priority and organisations are encouraged to apply for a grant. Click Funding Opportunities for further information on the State Graffiti Fund grants or phone the Graffiti Team on 9222 1599 to discuss your project.