Q572: What is the law with regards to graffiti?

Graffiti in Scotland can be treated as the common law crime of malicious mischief or the statutory offence of vandalism and if prosecuted the offender could face a fine or even imprisonment. The police can also issue fixed penalty fines for these offences.

Under 16's are not permitted to buy aerosol paint cans under the Anti-social Behaviour Scotland Act 2004.

Local authorities are responsible for cleaning up vandalism from public buildings and fixtures. They can also clean it from private buildings and can bill the owner for the work.

Graffiti should be initially reported to the local authority.

If you know someone who is causing graffiti, the call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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