Dealing with Graffiti

Bermuda’s latest graffiti problem has reminded me that it’s time to revisit the good ol’ Broken Windows Theory that I’ve mentioned on this blog AGES ago.

As far as I’m concerned, as soon as the graffiti goes up we should move swiftly to scrub it down. Take a page out of Rudy Giuliani’s book, when he was Mayor of New York City, and have the graffiti removed within 24 hours. No matter how much this kind of antisocial behaviour persists, this should be our policy; and we should take this approach with any other vandalism on the island, as well. It will stop.

I don’t think the Works & Engineering staff should be the ones removing it, either. (We need them to do other things, like fixing the roads!) Instead, find out who is doing this nonsense and make sure that part of their punishment is removing the graffitti and performing other community service.

When the guilty parties go unfound, then set the inmates at Westgate Correctional Facility to work removing graffiti – not to mention manual labour and community service that is needed around the island. I don’t know why they are not out doing this kind of work in the first place, but it’s time to implement it as part of their “rehabilitation”.

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~ by Carol-Ann Simmons on June 21, 2011.

4 Responses to “Dealing with Graffiti”

  1. […] suggests a way to help control rising food prices, while a bermudian's view suggests that the best way to deal with graffiti is to “have [it] removed within 24 […]

  2. […] suggests a way to help control rising food prices, while a bermudian's view suggests that the best way to deal with graffiti is to “have [it] removed within 24 […]

  3. Agreed 100%. It shouldn’t have to come down to the graffiti becoming ‘political’ for it to be addressed in Parliament. Long overdue, and definitely part of the Broken Windows theory scenarios.

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