Appeal to find graffiti taggers who have left their mark across the area

An appeal for information has been issued to find the person or people responsible for the most prevalent graffiti tags in the area before the start of Graffiti Focus Week.

The tags always appear together and generally in Farnborough. Anyone with information about who may be responsible for these tags or other graffiti in the area, is being asked to report it via to the police’s non-emergency 101 phone number or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Residents should also consider reporting anyone they see in their community with aerosol cans.

Graffiti Focus Week takes place across Hart and Rushmoor from Monday April 16 to Friday April 20 and is organised by the Safer North Hampshire community safety team*.

In the run-up to the week, residents are being encouraged to report graffiti in their area so that the team can remove as much of it as possible. They can report it by email to
communitysafetyteam@communitysafetynh.org, by phone to 01252 774476 or online at www.fixmystreet.com.

The graffiti removal is part of a wider anti-graffiti campaign to raise the issues of graffiti and to highlight the negative effects it can have on communities and neighbourhoods. Graffiti on public property is considered as criminal damage, and is costly to remove.

Caroline Ryan, Community Safety Manager of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership, said: “Our neighbourhoods will be vastly improved if we can remove graffiti, so I would ask everyone to report any graffiti to us, so we can remove it. If we all work together, we can really improve our local area. The people who graffiti our environment probably either pay council tax themselves, or live with someone who does, and their selfish actions are contributing to the council tax bill as funds then have to be used to remove it.”

The team has also issued some tips to help residents reduce the risk of graffiti to their property:

· Plant climbing shrubs on exposed brick walls
· Plant hedges in front of wooden fences
· Install security lighting
· Report any graffiti by calling 101