Graffiti: Implications for law enforcement, local government and the community

Different people respond to graffiti in different ways. Indeed, if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, nowhere is this more evident than in individual responses to graffiti. To most residents of towns and cities they are ugly, anti-social daubs, while for the people who paint the graffiti, they can represent an expression of individuality. Local government agencies and public transport authorities in particular make significant financial outlays in graffiti prevention initiatives and graffiti removal schemes. Financial costs can also be considerable to business owners, households and schools.
Keynote address at the conference "Graffiti and disorder: local government, law enforcement and community responses", held in conjunction with the Australian Local Government Association, Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane, 18-19 August 2003. Presented by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. Made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license:
Graffiti, Crime prevention