How Can Graffiti Affect My Business?

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Graffiti is a criminal offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971, but unfortunately occurrences of it are prevalent throughout the UK.

The cost of repairing graffiti damage can be very high. According to a Free of Information request by Structural Repairs, Glasgow Council alone spent a staggering £649,914 on graffiti removal in 2019.

From visitors feeling apprehensive visiting your property to its affect on property values, graffiti is an issue which can have large repercussions. Read on to find about the impact graffiti can have on your business, and why it is important that the professionals tackle the problem.

Your overall image

Graffiti left untreated on the outside of your building for long periods of time could signal to possible customers that your business is unbothered about how it portrays itself to the public.

The presence of offensive graffiti will not help matters either, and may lead people to question the ethos of your business offering as a whole. This in turn could prove catastrophic to your company's survival if not dealt with promptly.

Impact on property values

A graffiti attack on your property may not only be bad for business, but also for the wider community. If there are numerous incidents of graffiti in the surrounding area, you could see property values decreasing as a result.

Potential buyers of buildings will not be impressed by the sight of graffiti. To reduce the chances of your business losing its value due to graffiti, contact our customer service team to remove the criminal damage.

You can report graffiti to the government here if you spot it in your area. Additionally, for more detail about how graffiti can affect your community, check out our blog on the subject.

Can make visitors feel vulnerable

For customers visiting your building, graffiti on the exterior of the property may leave them feeling vulnerable to crime.

It could also be off-putting for potential employees you want to hire. The graffiti could result in them no longer desiring to work for your business if they do not feel safe on the premises. To avoid this, you should have the matter dealt with quickly and efficiently by graffiti cleaning professionals.

It can become costly to fix

Dealing with a graffiti attack can have a significant impact on your business’ funds. For instance, Network Rail reported that each year they spend £3.5 million ridding Britain’s railways of graffiti.

Although costly to remove, graffiti cleaning is necessary to preserve the appearance of the building. This may have a devastating impact on already struggling businesses who may not have the capital to deal with the damage.

This will also have an affect on the wider community when businesses cannot cope with the cost of criminal damage repairs. If they have not experienced graffiti before, it is unlikely that they will have set aside the required costs for eradicating it.

It could lead to more crime

The existence of graffiti in the vicinity is widely believed to cause more crime to be committed. Other crime that takes place could be more grave than a graffiti attack, meaning that any occurrences of it should be taken seriously.

Further crime on your site could be disastrous to the future of your business once it occurs and could mean a heavy decline of footfall in the surrounding area due to potential customers feeling unsafe on the site.

Getting in touch with a professional graffiti cleaning company is the best solution for preventing more crime from taking place. If there is no graffiti tag present on your building, criminals are less likely to commit other damage.

Harm to the building's exterior

Not only will the façade of your building be unsightly, but harm to the building may also occur if you attempt to remove the graffiti yourself. For example, you may damage the building material when you attempt to clean the graffiti and do not use the correct treatment.

Hiring a professional graffiti removal team to undertake the job is the best solution. They are equipped with the knowledge to treat different materials so that exteriors do not become damaged in the graffiti cleaning process.

For this reason, do not attempt to clean the graffiti yourself and instead wait for the professionals to conduct the job properly.

We are graffiti removal specialists

We offer our graffiti cleaning services nationwide, with our teams operating 24/7, 365 days a year. Our customer service team will discuss every aspect of the cleaning process with you, including what to expect during the graffiti removal.

Included in our service is a free, no-obligation quote as well as a site survey which will be performed by one of our technicians.

When we conduct the graffiti cleaning, we will only use non-harmful products to protect the health and wellbeing of all involved. Following the clean, we offer an anti-graffiti treatment that is aimed at protecting your property from further instances of criminal damage.

Get in touch

For more information about the graffiti removal services we offer here at ICE Cleaning, you can get in touch with us on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk.

Our track record with graffiti removal is 100%, so you can be sure that our cleaning solutions are effective.

There are also some things you can do to stop graffiti from occurring in the future. To learn about this in more detail, take a look at this advice provided by Fareham Borough Council.

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