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You may have seen graffiti somewhere in your neighbourhood. Graffiti is words, shapes or symbols drawn or scratched on buildings such as schools, recreational facilities and other public buildings, or on overpasses, trains and other surfaces such as city benches and bus shelters . It ranges from simple one colour autographs or nicknames called “tags” to complex compositions of several colours.

 

There are four main motivating factors for graffiti; prestige, rebellion, self-expression and power.. There are also four main types of graffiti; hip-hop, gang, hate and generic non threatening messages like “Bobby loves Suzy” or “Class of 2003”.

 

Most graffiti is done by “taggers” and is a personal, stylized signature which is often difficult to read. Taggers generally want their signature (or tag) up as many places as possible. The National Crime Prevention Council states “Most studies show that the majority of taggers are males between 12 and 21 years of age” and that “approximately 15% of graffiti vandals are young females

 

Graffiti is sometimes done by “writers”. Writers are generally responsible for the most elaborate forms of graffiti. They often work in small groups or crews and sometimes will take significant risks to display their work in highly visible places.

 

Graffiti vandals use a variety of materials such as spray paint, crayons and permanent ink to deface property. Hobby knives and razor blades are sometimes used to cause permanent damage to glass and other surfaces.

 

Graffiti should never be confused with art. It is done without permission of the property owner and it is against the law.

 

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HOW DO I REMOVE GRAFFITI?

  

HOW CAN I DETER GRAFFITI CRIME?

  

WHAT IF I THINK MY CHILD IS INVOLVED?

  

If you have any information about graffiti or any serious crime, please call Crime Stoppers.
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