Evidence tells us that the majority of graffiti is carried out by young males between the ages of 11 and 16, although females and younger children are increasingly involved in graffiti.
Graffiti is written for a number of reasons. Perhaps most commonly to achieve fame and notoriety amongst peers with the greatest recognition coming from putting your tag (signature) in a dangerous or inaccessible place. Other reasons might include gang culture and bravado, alienation, boredom and graffiti as a means of artistic expression.
Many young people grow up with graffiti, seeing it regularly in their local area and accepting it as part of the urban fabric of their neighbourhood.
However the distinction between graffiti vandalism and aerosol art done with permission is not often. Education is one of the key tools used to deliver the message highlighting the difference between graffiti vandalism and graffiti done with the owners permission.
There are no legal graffiti sites in the borough. However a number of mural, mosaics and art projects have also been created in areas that suffer from graffiti vandalism. By working with young people of the borough a sense of ownership is created which helps to reduce graffiti and other forms of anti-social behaviour.
If you would like further information about any of the education initiatives please contact the graffiti team.