Protecting your covered walkway from vandalism: Our essential guide

Whether your covered walkway links buildings together, takes pedestrians from a gate to an entrance, provides car park users with a covered shelter as they walk into a building or provides weather protection for a socially distanced queue, you want it to stay looking good.

What you very much don’t want is the unsightly graffiti, physical damage and potential health hazards associated with vandalism. But there are some simple techniques you can employ to help keep your covered walkway looking pristine – and doing the job originally intended. Here’s how:

1: Make it strong in the first place

Our covered walkways are designed to last and are built with tough, long-lasting and low-maintenance materials in the first place, but there are certain specifications you can choose that will make your walkway more resistant to vandals. An example of this is our perforated steel sheeting, which will help protect your walkway from wilful damage. Anti-graffiti paint coatings that don’t permit spray paint to bond with a surface are helpful too.

2: Light and landscaping

While vandalism can occur during the day, most anti-social vandalism happens at night, so you need to make sure your grounds are set up to deter vandals. Effective ways to do this include simple tactics like putting in spiny or thorny plants around the base of perimeter fencing – this can put vandals off.

Another important aspect is to understand what areas might be cast into shadow by insufficient or poorly directed security lights. Likewise, removing bushes or lighting up darkened corners gives potential vandals fewer places to hide.

3: Tidiness

Sounds basic, but keeping your property clean and tidy will discourage anti-social activity. If an area is messy and unkempt, it can look ignored and abandoned – and may attract undesirables. If, however, it’s tidy and clean, the implication is that there’s somebody to look after it, so those with ill intent will find easier targets.

4: Basic surveillance

This could be remote CCTV cameras, regular security patrols or even dog protection. Put simply, a visible 24-hour security presence is definitely going to deter any would-be vandals.

5: Liaise with local authorities

If you have suffered from vandalism, always ensure you notify the police and any other relevant local authorities (such as the council, if necessary) and give them all the information you can on the incident. It can be helpful, too, to share your experience with neighbouring businesses or organisations as they may be able to help track down offenders if they have suffered at the hands of the same vandals.

6: Plan for potential problems in advance

Protests or any events involving major crowds can also often be a spark for vandalism. So if you know there’s likely to be an event or gathering involving large numbers of people and big crowds in your area, it may be prudent to temporarily increase your levels of security. You can do this with more security staff or you can erect temporary barriers and fencing to protect your property during the event.