Holt Lane, Hook graffiti

The writing is on the wall for graffiti!

Residents are being urged to report any unsightly graffiti around Hart and Rushmoor so it can be removed as part of an anti-graffiti crackdown next month.

Pieces of graffiti are cleaned off walls, buildings and fences during Graffiti Focus Week, which takes place across Hart and Rushmoor annually, organised by the Safer North Hampshire community safety team.

Residents can report graffiti by email to
communitysafetyteam@communitysafetynh.org, by phone to 01252 774476 or online at www.fixmystreet.com.

The clean-up coincides with the Great British Spring Clean month, which highlights the negative effects it can have on communities and neighbourhoods. Graffiti on public property is legally considered as criminal damage and is expensive to remove.

Anyone with information about individuals causing graffiti is asked to report it to the police’s non-emergency 101 phone number or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Residents should consider reporting anyone they see in their community with aerosol cans.

Councillor Simon Bound, chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership, said: “Communities are safer and stronger when people work together to improve things, and Graffiti Focus Week is a good example of that. I urge everyone to report any graffiti in their community so we can remove it to make our neighbourhoods better for all.”

The following tips may also help reduce the risk of graffiti to property:

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

• Graffiti Removal Week will be held across Hart and Rushmoor areas in Spring 2020. Why not help to improve the look of your local community by reporting graffiti on 01252 774476 or email communitysafetyteam@communitysafetynh.org
• For Basingstoke and Deane, report graffiti on www.basingstoke.