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What is Graffiti?

Graffiti is a form of vandalism involving the deliberate defacing of property by the painting or spraying of words, slogans, pictures or symbols. Graffiti is normally associated with the defacing of walls and flat areas but other items such as road signs, benches and bus shelters are often vandalised in a similar manner.

Graffiti is usually associated with antisocial behaviour and can lead to increased concerns about crime.


What does the council do about graffiti?

We take every occurrance of graffiti seriously and are actively seeking to prosecute as many offenders as possible.

Wherever possible, offensive graffiti reported to the Council will be prioritised for removal by the specialist cleansing team within 24 hours. 

The Council is offering a £100 reward to anyone who provides information leading to enforcement action or even prosecution of anyone committing graffiti.


What if the graffiti is on private property?

Any graffiti greater in size than four square metres, or located at high level involving specialist equipment to remove, will be assessed by Street Services and discussed with the property owner. Subsequent removal may be undertaken by our in-house team or a specialist external contractor for which a charge will be made.


Can the council remove graffiti for me?

If you would like any unsightly graffiti removed from Council property or street furniture please call Customer Services on 01202 451199 or email Cleansing Services.|


How can I report graffiti?

If you would like to report graffiti please use the contact details at the end of this page.

When you contact us, please give us as much information as possible including the following:

  • Where is the graffiti?
  • Is it on a house, a wall, a bridge, a bus shelter etc?
  • Is it near a landmark (post office, public house, monument etc.)?
  • What is it?
  • Is it racist, offensive, abusive?
  • Is it words or pictures?
  • What surface is it on?
  • Is it on brickwork, pebbledash, roller doors, wooden panelling etc?
  • What colour is it?
  • Is it coloured spray paint, black marker pen etc?
  • Is the property Council or privately owned?
  • Did you see who did it?

If you saw the people who produced the graffiti, please give us the following information:

  • When did you witness the incident?
  • What day, date and time did you see the vandalism take place?
  • What did you see?
  • How many people carried out the vandalism?
  • Can you describe them?
  • What were they doing?
  • Did they have any vehicles?
  • What was the colour, make and registration number?
  • Where were you?
  • How close were you?
  • How good a view did you have?
  • What was the weather?
  • How light was it?
  • Are you prepared to help us to prosecute people who deface property by agreeing to make a statement about the incident?

Contact Us

To report graffiti please call Customer Services on 01202 451199 or use our graffiti reporting| form.

Related Information


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St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
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