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Why is graffiti against the law?

If it is a crime, what do I need to do to stop it?

Graffiti is illegal in the United Kingdom. Graffiti is the act of writing on, or otherwise damaging land with the intention of annoying other person. It is not a crime in the UK.

It is an offence under the UK’s Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 1991 (CJIA) to write, stamp, paint, draw or cut marks, marks, words, messages or symbols in or on a building or other structure. It is also an offence to write, stamp, paint, draw or cut marks, marks, words, messages or symbols on surfaces on or inside land. It is also an offence to write, stain, paint, draw or cut marks, marks, words, messages or symbols on, on or in a vehicle.

If you are committing graffiti in the UK, there are other ways to make a complaint.

You can report graffiti to the Met Police or the British Transport Police.

If you think someone has committed a crime in the UK, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.

If you have been the victim of graffiti in the UK, and believe someone has made a complaint about the incident, contact the police.

If you are not sure if it is forgery, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

More information about the UK legal system:

If you think you have witnessed a crime

Report to the police

Do not leave any evidence.

If you believe you witnessed a crime

Report the incident to the police by:

Telephone: 020 800 4114

Toll Free: 0300 020 800

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If you believe graffiti has been vandalised in the UK

If you have witnessed graffiti vandalism


Report what has happened by calling the police on 020 800 4114. They