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The prevention component aims to improve understanding of the phenomenon of tags and graffiti among residents and to promote graffiti that is respectful of public and private property. Its objective is to inform, increase awareness and encourage graffiti as an urban art form.

Objective no. 1: Inform the public and young people about the tags and graffiti prevention and support program by continuously reviewing and assessing the phenomenon in Gatineau.

Objective no. 2: Make residents and young people aware of the program's benefits by validating legal graffiti.

Objective no. 3: Promote graffiti as an urban art form.

Some tips on protecting your property against illegal tags and graffiti

Increase the lighting in the area at risk

The most effective lighting systems are those with motion detectors.

  • Install the light source high enough to protect it from breakage.
  • Place a protective grille over the light bulb.
  • Use a low pressure sodium bulb (yellower light) that makes colour tones more difficult for the graffitist to distinguish colour tones.
  • Light the targeted area directly.

Place a grille on the wall

You can use a practical arrangement designed to prevent the placement of posters and application of graffiti. You can also opt for a decorative grille, for instance wrought iron, that will at the same time increase the value of your property.

  • Use a grille with a sufficiently tight mesh so nobody can climb or hang a bag on it.
  • Leave a 5 cm space between the wall and the grille.
  • Install the grille 0.5 to 1 m above the ground to cover the wall up to a height of 2 to 2.5 m.
  • Light the targeted area directly.

Install a natural barrier

Landscaping is a good form of protection against vandalism. The Engelmann's Virginia creeper does not damage brick and cement and has the advantage of growing in places where plants do not generally thrive. As well, it is not expensive and requires very little sun or maintenance. Some shrubs, like rugosa roses, are other good alternatives to vines.

Make a complaint to the Service de police

Making a complaint every time a new graffiti appears is a good deterrent. This measure will be even more effective if the neighbours follow suit. Never confront the graffitist. Instead, call 9-1-1 when you catch one in the act.

Have a mural done

Having a mural is one tried-and-true way to prevent the appearance of illegal tags and graffiti. The mural will enhance your property and give artists a chance to express their creativity. For more information, contact the program officer at 819-243-2345, extension 2445. Please note that you require an authorization for a mural.

Clean up or paint over the vandalized wall

For this method to work, you have to clean the tag or graffiti and repaint the vandalized wall as quickly as possible, preferably within 24 hours after it appears.

  • Use dark colours (dark green or brown), and be sure to have enough paint of the same colour as your wall to be able to repaint once again if the graffitist returns.
  • There are silicone-urethane polymer-based varnishes and paints to which tags and graffiti do not stick as well. This makes them easy to clean without damaging the original surface.

About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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