How to report graffiti crime
Report it to the police
Damaging property with graffiti is a criminal offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971. Like all criminal offences you can report it to the local police. In Wandsworth:
Telephone: 020 7350 1122 or (the police non-emergency number) 101
Report it to us
We can remove graffiti free of charge for properties within Wandsworth that can:
- be seen from the public highway, or
- inside communal areas of housing department managed property.
How to request a graffiti removal
We aim to remove offensive, racist or obscene graffiti within 24 hours and non-obscene graffiti such as tags within three days.
What happens when you report the graffiti?
The owner of the affected property completes an agreement form
When a report of graffiti is received, the owner of the affected property is asked to complete an agreement form. This authorises our contractors to remove graffiti from the property.
Our contractors attend the site
Once we have permission to remove the graffiti, a works instruction is raised for the contractor to attend the site. Photographs are taken before and after removal, which can be used to help the police secure a successful prosecution.
If the graffiti is above five metres or there are access restrictions, we will take steps to remove the graffiti as quickly as possible, although this may fall outside our normal target times.
What happens if we cannot remove the graffiti?
In some cases we may not be able to remove the graffiti but we will try to advise you of the situation as soon as possible, once we have investigated all possibilities. In these circumstances you may wish to seek advice from your building insurers.