In the 90s, the hip-hop movement and a generation of rebellious teens popularized an offensive saying about the police. The “Blank” the Police expression has unfortunately taken on a new significance in recent years, as protests against both police brutality and slain officers dominate the headlines.
And that’s why cities around the country are on edge after a wave of anti-police graffiti has started appearing on buildings, streets, and public property. From coast to coast, local police departments have received calls of structures defaced by taggers with threats. In extreme cases, memorials to slain police officers have even been vandalized.
In and around Rochester, NY, police have been forced to respond to a number of incidents. Two men were arrested for allegedly setting fire to a wooden cross honoring a police officer tragically killed in the line of duty last year. Outside Baltimore in Anne Arundel County, MD, a white man was arrested this September for allegedly spray painting “Kill Cops” graffiti on signs and local shopping centers. After speaking with the suspect, police said they do not believe the graffiti was a credible threat. But even so, such incidents are putting police officers on edge all over the country, and heightening tensions in many communities.
TW 360c Film: a Proactive Solution to Graffiti
Before the wave of anti-police graffiti and vandalism, cities and counties all over the country have been struggling to remove graffiti for decades. As long as there have been spray paint bottles for sale, teenagers have been defacing public property for their own amusement.
In fact, graffiti is the most common type of vandalism by far, accounting for 35% of all property vandalism, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics. Not only does vandalism like this contribute to urban blight, it also costs taxpayers money. On average, it costs cities between $200 and $500 to clean a tagged street sign. And even though most traffic signs can last for 10 years or more, up to 75% are replaced early because of vandalism.
But a patent-pending anti-graffiti film can save public property from expensive damage. TW 360c is both an anti-graffiti film and graphic wrap, allowing cities to stop taggers and install street murals at the same time. Combined with biodegradable anti graffiti spray, this multilayer film provides a simple, cost effective way to remove graffiti quickly. The film can also be custom designed with the artwork of your choosing, allowing you to install utility box art, graphic wraps, and community art projects that also help remove graffiti.
If you’re looking to stop graffiti from destroying public or private property, then consider proactive graffiti solutions like TW 360c film.