Local businesses wiping out graffiti

Merton Council, in partnership with the Police and local community volunteers, is urging local businesses to join them in the challenge to wipe out graffiti in the community.

A questionnaire and crime report form has been produced and will be circulated to businesses that have been graffitied, together with an information booklet, aiming to gather data on this anti-social behaviour. The information booklet provided gives advice on how to both remove graffiti and prevent it, as well as useful contact numbers in case anyone should witness any incidents or damage to property.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Member Environmental Quality, said: “Graffiti is a serious crime and a community issue so we are inviting local business owners to help us, help them. Evidence shows immediate removal of graffiti can help to reduce it spreading further.

“Information is power, and we are asking for as much detail as possible to be sent to us, including photographs, to help us identify the scrawl, and possibly the offender. It is important to join together as a community to combat this common problem and help improve the appearance and character of Merton.”

The Council aims to remove offensive or racist graffiti from anywhere in the borough within 48 hours.

To report graffiti, for further information, or to be sent the new crime report form and questionnaire, please contact Merton’s Graffiti Officer on 0208 545 4109 or e-mail graffiti.project@merton.gov.uk.