Graffiti vandalism is on the rise

Graffiti is the most common form of vandalism, and its cleanup is burdening businesses and property owners.

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April 13, 2015 |
Jeff Alexander
Graffiti vandalism is on the rise

Valspar offers built-in graffiti resistance in all its building products coatings, at no additional cost. This protection includes both existing buildings and new construction, allowing your projects to be resistant to all the elements.

Although some graffiti may have artistic merit, it is plaguing cities throughout the world. These eyesores can hurt property values, and can be associated with an increase in crime.

According to the Bureau of Justice, graffiti is the most common form of vandalism, and its cleanup is burdening businesses and property owners, while taking a chunk out of municipal budgets. American cities spend an estimated $12 billion on graffiti cleanup each year, not to mention countless law enforcement resources.

Some of the most common graffiti targets include schools, businesses, public transportation vehicles and stations, utilities, shopping malls, and government buildings.

Many cities are reporting an increase in graffiti complaints, including New York City. Medford, Ore., is experiencing an increase in graffiti, with much of it containing messages of police hatred, possibly in response to the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

The nonprofit organization Graffiti Hurts recommends rapid removal of graffiti. Data shows that removal within 24 to 48 hours reduces the recurrence rate to nearly zero. Some building codes now require timely removal of graffiti.

In response, Valspar offers built-in graffiti resistance in all its building products coatings, at no additional cost. This protection includes both existing buildings and new construction, allowing your projects to be resistant to all the elements.  

Jeff Alexander | Get Inspired: Color and Coatings

Jeff Alexander, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings VP of Sales for the Coil and Extrusion division has been with Sherwin-Williams (formerly Valspar) since 1997. He has an entrepreneur spirit and has thrived in building relationships with our customers. Jeff has fully immersed himself in all levels of the coating industry and enjoyed his term as National President at NCCA (National Coil Coating Association).  He is focused on continuing to educate customers on the paint industry.

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