Sheffield BID launch a spring clean to tackle graffiti

Jessica Davis

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Sheffield BID has launched their spring clean campaign in order to tidy up the city, including addressing the issue of graffiti over the next few weeks.

The BID operates within the city centre and strives to cover five main areas, including cleaner, busier, together, easier and safer.

Within the cleaner BID campaign, they will encourage landlords or tenants that own private property affected by graffiti to get in touch if they want it removed.

The BID will deploy a Crime Reduction Officer to support affected businesses in reviewing their CCTV cameras, security lighting and signage. A young offenders’ intervention programme is also being investigated.

Paul Grogan, BID Administration Manager, said: “We do above and beyond what the council do.”

He continued: “We have been targeting the areas of West Street as it is quite a residential area.”

The BID has two ‘mobicams’, which are movement sensitive mobile cameras with 360 degree rotation that will be used for surveillance in areas where graffiti taggers return to previously cleaned buildings and graffiti it once more.

They will be fitted to a wall or lamp post and the BID is also set to coordinate day and night patrols to track specific locations.

Although the BID is targeting graffiti as a problem within the steel city, some residents appreciate it as art form and don’t see it as a nuisance.

Andy Carter, founder of Street Art Sheffield, told us about his relationship with graffiti: “My interest in street art started after moving to Sheffield just over 9 years ago. I started taking photos of local street art that I liked and that eventually led to me building the website and then starting the Twitter feed.”

He explained: “It makes me smile every time I walk past. Unlike a lot of art that hangs in galleries, street art is very accessible and can be enjoyed by a wider audience.”

He added: “The line between street art and vandalism can sometimes be a bit blurry, but I try to only promote works that are either legal, or from my perspective doing little harm. I do not condone people who vandalise by tagging everything they come across. This is not art.”

Here is what the people of Sheffield think about graffiti:

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