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Avoiding vandalism

Strategies for preventing vandalism often lead to unattractive facilities designed to withstand maximum abuse, or the removal of amenities altogether. These solutions do nothing to enhance our public facilities.

You can incorporate some steps into your planning process that may help produce solutions that are aesthetically pleasing, and designed to minimise vandalism, and the costs of ongoing repair.

When a building or shade structure is aesthetically pleasing and fits in with its surroundings it is less likely to attract attention of vandals.

You can:

  • Minimise graffiti and reduce reflected UVR by using dark backgrounds on walls and other vertical surfaces surrounding a particular area
  • Place mass planted shrub beds along a wall to restrict access to it and reduce its attractiveness as a graffiti surface
  • Use groundcover plantings and shrubs only where they are a logical choice
  • Provide footpaths across likely pedestrian circulation routes
  • Avoid using materials that are susceptible to damage
  • Consider appropriateness of materials and forms for the setting
  • Consider ease of replacement of materials
  • Protect young trees with substantial guards around them
  • Promote a sense of ownership of facilities by engaging users in the planning and development stages
  • Read Crime Prevention through Environmental Design from Queensland Police
Last updated: 26 July 2019