Shiregreen residents are sending a message to vandals who have damaged local artwork, coming up with an innovative deterrence method.
With community spirit at the heart of the approach, children and residents have been tackling vandalism head on – designing unique, hand-made bunting to prevent criminals from defacing other local spots.
Supported by Shiregreen Community Homes and South Yorkshire Police, the initiative aims to put a stop to a spate of vandalism in the neighbourhood.
Recent occurrences have included damage to a specially-designed and painted fence, which covers the length of a pedestrian route between Shirehall Road and Beck Primary School. Specialist cleaning was needed to remove the graffiti, at a cost of over £100.
The project has seen some 700 local children and young people taking part in sessions about ways to care for the environment and how to encourage others to do the same.
With the idea for anti-vandal initiative coming from the children themselves, the new bunting features poignant messages to make would-be vandals stop and think.
Showing their support, board members from Shiregreen Community Homes, part of Sanctuary Group, have put up the bunting locally.
On the initiative, sergeant Tom Fisher from the North East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Businesses and residents have spent time making Shiregreen a better place to live − the artwork that has been damaged is part of this.
“Someone has taken the decision to graffiti over this, causing upset to residents. This will not be tolerated by Shiregreen Community Homes or South Yorkshire Police. We’re working together to prevent it happening again and ask for any information relating to this to be passed onto the police by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers.”