Graffitti in the City

Good afternoon,

This morning Dublin City Council have run a double page spread in the
MetroHerald newspaper promoting the new www.dublingraffitied.com
website at a cost of approximately €20,000 (rate card).

I am struggling to see how placing an advertisement promoting a
website which has an audio tour of the graffiti in the city will
combat the issue of graffiti.

Vandals will not be deterred by an advertisement in a newspaper or a
website. In fact, this website may well have the opposite effect and
be used by vandals to view their own graffiti tags and the tags of
others. The website will actually publicise and promote graffiti.

The advertisement states that €350,000 is spent every year removing
graffiti from our city streets. A proportion of this spend invested
in education would go a long way in graffiti prevention.

We are the leading graffiti consultants in the country and
international best practice shows that the problem of graffiti can be
successfully tackled through a combination of education, detection,
prosecution and removal. It was been proven that graffiti artists
want their work to be seen and this website publicises their graffiti
for them and may encourage others to take up the habit.

At present, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal and Dublin South avail of
our anti-graffiti school workshops which target children at the age
before they first start graffiti-ing. The workshops show children
that there is a criminal element to graffiti as well as showing them
the damage vandalism does to their and the wider community.

Dublin City Council make no provision for education and community
training. This in our opinion is a wasted opportunity as prevention
is better than the “painting over the cracks” cure of graffiti
cleaning.

Is it possible to find out the amount of money being spent on creating
and running the website, the amount of money being spent on media
advertising and also to find out what is hoped to be achieved from
both it and the advertising? And also who the advertising is being
targeted at?

The ad in the Metro shows a cleaner with a power washer. Graffiti
isn’t difficult to remove once you are using the correct products and
it is misleading to business people and communities to give the
impression that it is. The problem of graffiti can be resolved by
“joining the dots” between the Gardai, the Councillors, the council
workers, schools, businesses and the wider community.

I will phone in the within the coming days in order to further discuss
how we can keep manage, contain and eradicate the scourge which is
turning our communities and streets into eyesores.

In the meantime, you may wish to investigate into why funds are being
channelled into what we believe to be highly wasteful projects rather
than on education and awareness.

Kind regards,

Frank Gordon

Graffiti Wipeout

Safe Graffiti Removal

www.graffitiwipeout.net

083 1011015