Don’t put up with it
Tell the police
You can help by photographing any tag before removing it. Tags are like signatures and can identify offenders. Call 111 if you see tagging in progress. Call your local police station if you have any information about taggers.
- Taupo (07) 378 6060
- Turangi (07) 386 7709
- Mangakino (07) 882 9070
Remove the damage
Most tags are created with oil-based spray paints or felt-tip pens. How you deal with the damage depends on the type of surface that has been tagged.
Talk to your paint supplier for advice on the best solution for you. Start by testing a small area of the surface.
First things to try:
- A detergent like dishwashing liquid.
- A solvent such as paint thinner or methylated spirits.
- Painting over the tag with dark-coloured paint.
- Some damage may require sandblasting or pressure washing.
Protect the surface
You can deter taggers by making it as difficult as possible for them to damage your property.
- Don’t present them with easy access to a tempting blank canvas.
- Grow large plants in front of fences and walls, or plant climbers to cover them.
- Use rough cast materials.
- Paint surfaces dark colours.
- Improve lighting close to any structure that might be a target.
- Talk to your local paint supplier for professional advice about anti-graffiti products.
Look for the signs
Most graffiti vandals are children and young people. They often progress to other types of offending.
If you are a parent
Watch for signs that your child may be tagging. You might find paints, aerosols and marker pens in their bedroom, or hidden somewhere else around the home.
If you are a retailer
Be aware of young people repeatedly buying items that could be used for graffiti.
You’re not alone
Constant tagging of your property is distressing, and can be expensive. The police, the council, neighbourhood support groups and property owners need to tackle this problem together. We can minimise graffiti vandalism through individual commitment and a community response.
If you need more information, call 0800 ASK TDC (0800 275 832).