Graffiti is not art, it’s vandalism.
People often confuse graffiti with street art, but the two couldn’t be more different. Street art is planned and permitted and usually takes the form of intricate and beautiful murals.
On the flipside, 94 % of graffiti in Edmonton is just ‘tagging’; vandals spray-painting their names on someone else’s property without the owner’s consent.
Graffiti vandalism is the most visible and prominent crime in a neighbourhood and can make it appear unsafe. It is important to remove graffiti as quickly as possible.
The City of Edmonton promotes safer, cleaner communities by reducing and preventing graffiti vandalism.
What You Can Do To Prevent Graffiti
Keep it Clean
Broken fences, graffiti vandalism, parking lot litter, overgrown landscapes and poor lighting invite delinquent behaviour. Keeping your property clean and maintained has a positive effect on the community and assists in deterring helps deter graffiti vandalism.
Remove It Fast
By eliminating graffiti vandalism quickly, property owners show they care about their community’s image and security. The faster you remove it, the less likely it is that taggers will return.
Protect Your Property
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design strategies can make your property more secure and prevent acts of vandalism.
- Graffiti vandals gain their reputations based on ‘street cred’.
- This means the longer graffiti is visible, the more street ‘cred’ the vandal gets, encouraging more graffiti in more locations. The materials used for graffiti are almost always stolen, which adds another layer of criminality to graffiti vandalism.
Graffiti is vandalism and a criminal offence when placed on public or private property without the owner's consent. Even if done with permission, it must conform to the City’s Community Standards for acceptable forms of art. Otherwise the property owner may be required to remove the graffiti under Community Standards Bylaw 14600.
- Property owners must spend time and money to clean up the vandalism.
- Discriminatory or hateful messages hurt individuals and identifiable groups.
- Vandalism makes our city less attractive to visitors, business and investment.
- Property damage and petty crime affect our sense of security and pride in our city.
Less than 3% of graffiti is related to gangs.
The youth who tag are often involved in drugs or alcohol. We need to work together to keep our City clean. Report it. Remove it.