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Remember, if you find graffiti on your property, or receive a Notice of Violation from Municipal Licensing & Standards, it is your responsibility as a property owner to remove it. You can either do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
- If you see Graffiti on City or private property, please report it. Call 311 or report it online
- To report hate or gang-related graffiti, call Toronto Police Services at 416-808-2222
It can be difficult and frustrating to remove graffiti vandalism from your property. In general, removing graffiti vandalism involves the use of a cleaning agent and some patience. Attempt to remove graffiti as soon as possible, within 24 to 72 hours.
The most important step to take in order to keep graffiti vandalism off of your property is to be vigilant and remove graffiti as soon as possible. The faster graffiti vandalism is removed the less likely it will reoccur. The longer graffiti stays on your property the harder it becomes to remove and the more additional graffiti vandalism it attracts.
Additional tips to prevent ongoing vandalism include:
- Increase security around your property by restricting access to buildings and structures, such as fences, storage boxes.
- Paint surfaces in dark colours.
- Protect your walls with a protective coating to ease removal efforts.
- Plant climbing vines or thorny plants along building wall.
- Install security cameras.