Legal murals/sites – does this work ?
What are the features of gang graffiti?
• Seen more around turf areas
• Notoriety driven, intimidation
• Brag about/announce a crime
• To challenge/disrespect
• Threats (187 SMF)
What are the features of tagging (tagging crews)
• Less violent
• Engage in contests
• Perceived as “artwork”
• Uses same network as street gangs
Banning aerosol paints – does it work?
What should you do if your property is graffitied?
What is the difference between art and vandalism?
local gangs’ name as a warning to other gangs to stay away. Sometimes tagging will take the form of a challenge to other gangs to show disrespect to them and make threats against their members. As an example; 187 SMF would mean that someone has threatened a rival crew with the street name SMF.
Graffiti is also used by gangs to brag about crimes they have committed or intend to commit. This type of graffiti is more territorial and therefore has the potential of being dangerous. Gang members will often use marking pens on personal items to identify themselves as well as spray paint on larger items. They are not as concerned with style as they are with making a statement. Gang graffiti often is done in a cryptic or Old English style and is always printed.
What if you see graffiti on public or commercial property?
1800 333 000
What about social apathy ?
What is gang communication and graffiti?
Valuable information relative to police work may be gained from gang graffiti.For instance, police may be able to determine what gang is in control of a specific area by noting the frequency of the unchallenged graffiti on a wall. When writing is left unchanged, it reaffirms the gang’s control. Normally, the closer one moves to the centre of a gang’s area, the more unchallenged graffiti can be found. Conversely, as one moves away from the centre or core area of a gang’s power and territory, the more rival graffiti and cross-outs are observed. Thus, if one gang had its graffiti on a building crossed out by another gang’s graffiti marked nearby, it would indicate a contested location. A cross-out is a type of asterisk that covers a rival’s graffiti and, in gang jargon, is often referred to as “dogging”.Contested areas are common, and when both gangs arrive at the same place at the same time, a confrontation often occurs. These have resulted when gang members were caught desecrating a rival’s territory with their own graffiti. Serious injuries have resulted when gang members were caught desecrating a rival’s territory with their own graffiti.
How can I get involved?