Look up for the word “graffiti” on any dictionary or the Internet and you’ll see that majority of the results would say that it’s the illicit spray-painting or scribbling on public walls or surfaces. This definition alone says that the activity is bad, but others claim that graffiti is simply an art, a creative way to express themselves.
It may be true to say that it’s an artistic form of communicating one’s feeling in the world, but most of these drawings and texts are offensive to others and it destroys someone’s property. It’s unethical to draw on something you don’t own. There is a difference between graffiti and vandalism.
Development of Anti-Graffiti Products
Spray-paint on your windows are unsightly, relatively blocks a clear view of the outside. Fortunately, there are products that can protect your windows from graffiti. The window film dealers from Tint Works say that there are “films that are designed to go the glass to provide protection against Graffiti and Vandalism.” These tints reduce your costs in hiring professionals to clean the windows.
Authorities don’t entirely ban this activity, although they regulate where people – mostly rebellious teens – can do their art of expression. There are parks and other places wherein the walls are intended for graffiti, but it must not have offensive drawings or messages as kids often play around there.
What the Law Says
Graffiti is a criminal offence in Western Australia under the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913. A violator will be fined a maximum of $24,000 and serve prison time for a maximum of two years, as per the new law regarding the offence. The police are stricter in implementing the law across the state.
Even retailers of spray-paints can be penalised for selling such products to children. They have maximum fines of $6,000 for a first offence and $12,000 for subsequent offences. If you see graffiti on your car or house window, it’s better to call in the authorities to resolve the problem. To avoid encountering too much trouble, you can just install specialised anti-graffiti window films.
No matter what a person’s reason for putting up that drawing, it’s still wrong to inflict damage on the properties of others. Authorised art on walls and surfaces widely differs from vandalism. It may be a form of expression to some; for others, it’s a source of annoyance, especially if it doesn’t look good.