Step 1: YOU

What you need to know

Tagging is images or lettering which are painted, drawn, scrawled or scratched - or any form of marking on property that does not belong to the person carrying out this activity.

Tagging is a crime, if you see someone in the act of tagging, call 111. Get as many facts as you can that will assist Police in locating the offender:

  • Physical description of the offender.
  • Description of the tagging (such as paint, words, colour).
  • Record vehicle number plates and descriptions.
  • Take photographs that clearly show the tagging.

Tagbusters will only remove tagging from fences or areas that can be seen from the road or a public space.

Avoid being a target

There are some things you can do to protect yourself and your community:

  • Paint your fences and walls in dark colours that will cover in one coat, unpainted fences are a great target for taggers.
  • Plant small trees or shrubs along fence lines to minimise surfaces that can be vandalised.
  • Remove tagging as soon as it appears.
  • Join a Neighbourhood Support Group.


Report graffiti

By phone

The tagging hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

0800 TAGBUSTERS (0800 824 287) 

By using Antenno

The Antenno App is available to download free on the App Store or Google Play.


Complete the form below.

Is the tagging offensive? (racist term, foul or obscene language or offensive symbols)

What surface is it on

Type of surface

Is the surface painted

Max file size: 300 MB; Allowed extensions: jpg,jpeg,png


What to expect from us

When a report of tagging is received the information is dispatched to one of our Graffiti Removal Technicians. The team aims to remove graffiti within two working days; weather and workload permitting. 

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Last updated 18 October 2022