The Graffiti Buster Services:
In addressing graffiti and vandalism many local government areas are not addressing the real problem which is a lack of guidance and education of the area's youth. For the Graffiti Buster problem to work long term, the removal of graffiti must be accompanied by an education program aimed at local youth. Without this education program most attempts to eradicate graffiti will fail. It should be noted that 4 out of 10 calls the Graffiti Buster receives are now made by young people.
As a self-taught graffiti removalist, I remove graffiti from all surfaces within the Great Lakes area. I have the complete backing of the Great Lakes Council, who have provided me with truck & equipment and help promote the awareness program that urges residents to contact me and report any graffiti they see. Rarely does graffiti remain for more than 24 hours.
I remove graffiti from all defaced structures, whether they are owned by Roads and Maritime Services, Mid-Coast Water, energy utility providers, community structures, private business infrastructure, private homes and property.
The Anti-Graffiti Policy:Remove the material within a 24 hour period (The longer you wait to start removal, the harder it is to remove, and more graffiti is usually added),
Paint graffiti-prone structures (where econimically viable) with anti-graffiti paint,
Grow trees or shrubs in front of bare walls,
Install and maintain good lighting of public infrastructure,
Paint exterior walls (bricks and concrete) so that graffiti is easier to remove, and
EDUCATE youth, so that they do not want to do it in the first place.
The Graffiti Buster Education Program
To create awareness about the program, I visit local schools and speak to the students, encouraging them to have pride in their town and asking them for their cooperation. Fortunately, so far, I have about 90% of students who believe in zero tolerance for graffiti.
I am proud to say at most times, our town is graffiti free and with ongoing cooperation and education, hopefully it will remain that way.