It was the headline that really bugged me.
You may have seen it the the other day, ‘Tagger Caught In The Act’.
Yet another story about graffiti that raised the age-old question, How do we put a stop to it ?
Well , for starters, we can dispense with the euphemisms.
‘Tagging’ is someone’s sanitary synonym for vandalism .
When someone defaces public or private property, it’s a crime, plain and simple.
And let’s not get into that specious argument that graffiti is art.
I like street art; I’ve seen wonderful examples of how it can enhance a streetscape, but if someone takes a can of spray paint to property that doesn’t belong to them, without the owners permission, it’s not art , it’s vandalism.
And it’s not a victimless crime either; it takes time and money to clean up graffiti and more often than not, it’s at the property owner’s expense.
I constantly hear from listeners who are tired of seeing grafitti on mailboxes and buildings and highway overpasses.
So let’s knock off the candy coating, it’s not ‘tagging’ , it’s vandalism and if you’re caught, you’re going to get arrested