The War Against Graffiti

January 26, 2009

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Graffiti splashed on buildings and structures is ugly and indicates ruin and degradation. No matter how new or clean the building really is, when graffiti is splashed on the structure, it results to a dilapidated and dirty look.

Graffiti vandalism is on the rise in many communities. Vandals have become bolder in “tagging” or defacing properties. They commonly target public structures like bridges and overpasses, but more often now vandals do not spare even residential neighborhoods and business districts.
Everywhere in the country, graffiti damage affects hospitals, hotels, highways, transportation systems and residential homes. The vandals also target schools and academic institutions. Vandalism arises anywhere, either in urban or suburban communities. Any building, be it painted or not, are considered “billboards” for vandals.

Because of the damage to property that graffiti vandalism brings, more and more communities are taking proactive approaches to solve the problem, concerned with the lowering value of the defaced property, negative customer perception, and lost revenue. The burden of graffiti cleanup often falls to the property owner, who is required now in most cities and municipalities to remove graffiti on their property within 24 to 48 hours after being vandalized.

This situation creates an opportunity for painting contractors to provide value-added service to clients by offering graffiti cleanup and maintenance. Industrial painting contractors can attract more clients when they add graffiti removal and maintenance to their capabilities.

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