Graffiti can be a very colourful expression of people’s art. However, it is also a criminal offence. Usually, graffiti is painted on public infrastructures and back alleys. Office buildings and warehouses are also prime targets of graffiti painting.
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Cost of Cleaning Up
Cleaning up graffiti in Western Australia alone can cost as much as $30 million annually. For the whole of Australia, the annual cost of clean-up can be as high as $1.5 billion. This is a significant amount of money. Other than the financial cost, there is also the social cost to graffiti. A neighbourhood with plenty of graffiti has a perception of prevalent crime or that crime is more common than it is. The money spent on cleaning up graffiti could be better spent on other projects, which can have more benefits for the community.
It also undermines community pride. People see graffiti and it creates a heightened concern for public safety. The underlying fear stems from the ability of the graffiti artist to paint over an area with high visibility and not be caught. Residents fear that if anyone can spend significant time to paint a wall, then it can be easy to commit other crimes in the area. According to the 2014 National Survey of Community Satisfaction with Policing, respondents consider graffiti as a greater problem than illegal drug use.
The law considers creating graffiti a criminal offence. When caught and found guilty, offenders will be fined and handed a prison sentence of up to three years. They will likewise have a permanent police record. This might keep them from being employed in some types of jobs. Their record will also prevent them from leaving Australia.
Some graffiti may look pretty, but it is a crime and the offender can face penalties with lifelong repercussions. If you are a home or building owner, it may be in your best interest to invest in anti-graffiti coatings.