Three Ways You Can Engineer Your Landscaping To Protect Your Glass From Graffiti

If you're tired of having to repair scratched glass and want to stop the vandalism, you'll need to take some steps to discourage similar vandalism attempts in future. Because a large part of graffiti prevention is psychological, making your entire business look like an inconvenient place to graffiti is an effective step in graffiti prevention. Actually placing barriers to prevent access to glass and other surfaces that might be used for graffiti is another tactic. You can manipulate your landscaping and design to encompass both of these techniques for graffiti prevention. Here are three easy ways to do it.

1. Reduce large, flat surfaces

Vandals are attracted to blank walls that offer plenty of space for graffiti "art." By decreasing the number and size of available flat, blank walls, you can reduce the incidence of graffiti near your business. This will help protect your windows, because nearby graffiti encourages graffiti "artists" to set up shop on any nearby surfaces. If your business has large, blank walls, you'll need to give the impression that they're not available for graffiti because you require them for other purposes. You can do this through methods such as:

  • growing climbing plants (ivy, Virginia creeper, climbing roses) up the walls
  • having an appropriately themed mural painted across the wall in question
  • applying a textured surface to the wall

2. Protect windows

To reduce any potential damage to windows from graffiti attempts, you should apply a protective window coating made of tough plastic. However, you can also protect your windows using landscaping and design features. For a natural barrier, plant thorny bushes in front of the window to limit access. Installing fences or thorny hedges around the perimeter of your property will also help keep people away from the building, offering additional protection to windows.

3. Decrease lurking potential

Graffiti "artists" want publicity, but they don't want to be caught in the act of vandalizing your windows. For this reason, high visibility and sight lines are another deterrent. Avoid using trees or small shrubs in your landscaping, and make sure any fences you install are see-through, not solid. If you use thorny hedges and bushes to protect your windows, make sure to keep them trimmed and relatively short so they don't turn against you and offer protection to criminals.

By controlling these landscaping and design factors, you can decrease your windows' chances of falling victim to vandalism. If you need to repair any glass that has been ruined, reach out to local companies like One Cut Glass.