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Removing graffiti

Unfortunately, graffiti is a common problem in urban areas but we offer a free service to remove graffiti, both offensive and non-offensive, on public and private land.

Reporting graffiti

You can report graffiti (and other environmental crime) quickly and easily online:


Call: 0300 330 7000


Reporting offenders 

If you have any information on the identity of graffiti vandals in your area you can give any information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

DIY graffiti removal

The success of graffiti removal depends on a number of conditions such as the type of surface affected, the age of the graffiti and also the type of paint used.

Shiny surfaces such as polished brick, metal, glass, tiles and a lot of street furniture (street signs, lamp posts etc.) are the easiest to work with. A kitchen-scouring pad, some household detergent and some hard scrubbing can work well with fresh graffiti on these surfaces.

Painted surfaces like walls and fences can simply be painted over again, although you may need to use several coats to stop the graffiti "bleeding" through.

Porous surfaces like concrete and brick are the hardest to remove graffiti from as the paint penetrates deeper into the material the longer it's left.

In most cases, removal is probably best left to professionals.