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Cllr Dave Ashmore helping with graffiti clearing

Portsmouth City Council is pushing back against graffiti, fly-tipping and other nuisance crimes across the city.

Additional resources to help prevent it, issue penalties and clean up the mess have been allocated, and a further five cameras for the city’s CCTV network are included for purchase in the proposed 2022/23 budget.

These cameras can be moved from site-to-site, which will bring the number of re-deployable cameras available to focus on city hotspots to 20.

Along with investigation and enforcement, landowners will be supported to help them get the graffiti removed. The council will contact larger landowners and utility companies to address any graffiti on their buildings or assets.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety said: “Graffiti is not a victimless crime and in addition to being a detriment to the area for the public, there is also a cost for property owners who have to remove the graffiti on buildings they own.

“We will use the citywide public space CCTV system and our re-deployable cameras to identify those responsible for graffiti and other nuisance crimes, and enforcement action will be taken against those found responsible.”

Our Green and Clean teams will use specialist equipment to remove graffiti where appropriate. In some circumstances, this will include on private land with the landowner’s permission, but landowners do remain responsible for graffiti on their buildings and assets.

It is important that any victim of graffiti reports it to the police by calling 101 or by reporting online so that it can be recorded as a crime.

Additionally, any graffiti should be reported to the Safe Clean Tidy team at PCC by phoning 0800 0853840 or using the online reporting form on the website Report graffiti – Portsmouth City Council – Introduction – My Portsmouth