What is the difference between graffiti vandalism and urban art
The WA Police Force Graffiti Team defines graffiti vandalism as the defacing of private and public property without consent from the property owner. Graffiti vandalism can take the form of writing, drawing or scratching onto surfaces using different implements such as paint, markers, stickers, and stencilling. It is illegal under the Graffiti Vandalism Act 2016.
Urban Art, unlike graffiti vandalism, is legal artwork where permission to mark the surface has been granted by the owner of the property. Urban Art is often known under many names such as street art or mural art. Urban Art projects on hotspot areas can be an effective Designing out Crime Strategy and recommended by the WA Police Force Graffiti Team as a graffiti prevention strategy.