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Most people instantly think of graffiti when someone says their property was vandalized, but it can also take many other forms. In a nutshell, any type of willful and deliberate property destruction falls under the heading of vandalism. Whether your Tampa area residential or commercial property has experienced minor or severe vandalism, it will be important to take immediate steps to begin remedying the situation.

Vandalism Cleaning Tips

  • 1. Don’t Wait. There are many reasons to begin the vandalism cleaning process as soon as you become aware of the problem. For example, if the incident involves a biohazard, you need to have any potential toxins removed from the property for safety reasons. Your personal or business reputation could also suffer if the property’s aesthetic appearance was damaged.
  • 2. Use the Exact Same Paint Color for Graffiti. How many times have you seen a building with an obvious graffiti cover-up job? Choosing the wrong color of paint will make the repair stand out like a sore thumb, and it could also make the space irresistible to other graffiti artists. On the other hand, covering the spot completely and smoothly with the same paint will make it look like nothing had happened.
  • 3. Always Contact the Police. Before you begin cleaning up, you need to call the police, take photos of the damage and, if applicable, call your insurance company. Some insurance providers will require a walk-through of the damage in order to issue a claim check. Getting a police report may help your insurance claim, and it could also potentially provide some protection from future incidents. After all, police officers tend to prioritize cruising areas that have been hit by criminals in the past, and 58 percent of these crimes are committed by adults.

Turn to a Professional Team

Is the idea of cleaning up the serious vandalism mess overwhelming? Regardless of whether it’s just paint or if your entire property was targeted, ServiceMaster 24 Hour can help! Learn more about our Tampa area emergency vandalism cleaning options, and be sure to contact our Hillsborough, Pinellas or Pasco office for 24/7 assistance.