A NEW bid to help Worcester businesses tackle the problem of graffiti crime has been launched by Worcester City Council, West Mercia Police and the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust.
The jointly-produced leaflet includes advice on how to prevent graffiti at business premises and what steps to take if it does happen.
Advice included in the leaflet includes using fences, gates, locks and planting to make it harder for vandals to get access to a building; keeping a property neat and clean and to use protective coatings to stop graffiti being sprayed on.
The leaflet advises if a building does become the target of graffiti, the crime is reported to the police and pictures of the graffiti are taken.
Tips on how to quickly clean or cover the graffiti are also included in the leaflet.
Coun Lynn Denham, vice chair of Worcester City Council’s Communities Committee, said: “When graffiti vandalism happens at public buildings we can go straight in and remove it, but we don’t have those powers over private property.
“This leaflet is a great way of helping city businesses to tackle this sort of crime.”
PC Richard Foxall of West Mercia Police said: “Businesses often don’t realise graffiti on their property is a crime, but we want to encourage them to report it when it happens and take steps to stop it happening in the first place.”
Roisin Hanks, project manager from the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, said: “Graffiti is vandalism and it can make attractive buildings appear very ugly.
“We’re very pleased to be supporting this scheme aimed at reducing this crime in Worcester.”
The leaflet is being distributed to city centre businesses by the Worcester BID and can also be downloaded from www.worcester.gov.uk/graffiti .
The City Council’s Civil Enforcement team will also supply a copy to any businesses which do become the target of graffiti vandalism.