Flyposting and graffiti
Flyposting and graffiti are two highly visible indicators of environmental quality. Over the past three years, our monitoring has found an increase of nearly 3% in flyposting and 4% in graffiti. Both flyposting and graffiti are indicative of future decline and areas where these are present are more likely to experience other incivilities, such as littering.
Evidence from The Carnegie Trust UK – a supporter of Clean Up Scotland – has released research showing that there are higher levels of depression, illness and medical interventions amongst people who live in areas which are not clean. In addition, people who live in areas which have flyposting and graffiti also are more likely to suffer from higher levels of anxiety about other criminal behaviour.
Offenders can be prosecuted either by the local authority or by the police, and the court decides on what the penalty will be. The police also have the power to stop and search members of the public for flyposting and graffiti paraphernalia.
What can you do?
Organise a Clean Up and look out for flyposting and graffiti at the same time. You could then create an action plan for tackling it. Once an area is cleaned, community members might be more inclined to ensure that the rest of the environment is looking good too. Download our Litter Pick Plus toolkit, which will help you come up with ideas and plans to tackle problems linked to litter.