More than 30 years ago, the first signs of what was later known as graffiti were seen in the USA. Whether graffiti is art or vandalism is a question of one's point of view; nevertheless, in 99% of all cases, graffiti is unwanted "daubing".

Whether it is art or vandalism, graffiti is an international problem. Any building, public or private, trains, buses, public places, historical buildings and works of can be exposed to graffiti.

Cultural values have been smeared with unwanted colors and words. It has become an international problem which has resulted in a vast number of attempts to find efficient solutions to remove unwanted graffiti.

Graffiti is a common problem and its impact on the community varies. Single incidents of graffiti may not seem serious but it has a cumulative impact on an area as it attracts more graffiti. Graffiti maintains a stigma; it impacts property socially and economically. Gang graffiti instills fear in people in areas such as subways, transit stops and commercial areas. Graffiti also reduces property value and impacts the local businesses negatively as people tend to shy away from areas that are hit with graffiti.

Graffiti is not the lone culprit; it is often related to other issues such as the following;

Public disorder, such as littering, public urination and loitering
Theft of graffiti materials such as markers, pens, spray paints etc.
Gang viloence and tagging or marking of territories
Reduced property values and reduced economic activity
Here are some astounding facts on the rate of reoccurance. It clearly demonstrates why graffiti should not be allowed to remain intact and should be removed immediately. The longer graffiti remains on the surface the greater chance for reoccurance and more graffiti appearing in the area.
Graffiti Tolerance vs. Zero Tolerance
Rate of Reoccurance vs Removal Method
This guide was written by Deborah Lamm Weisel and is an excellent review on graffiti and its impact on communities. We recommend this as an excellent read to better inform you on why you should take the necessary steps to remove and abate graffiti from your personal and business property.