Project Description

Public Transport Vehicles

Anti-Graffiti and Etch Protection

Problem

Glass scratch graffiti vandalism has long been a big and expensive problem for New Zealand bus companies.

Vandals were etching their name, insignia or gang markings into the windows of the buses leaving them damaged and unsightly, creating an uninviting environment for passengers.

Solution

With GlassProtech’s nationwide reach and early adoption of CPTED principles, we were in a position to provide an ongoing solution to the problem of scratch glass vandalism on NZ’s bus fleets, with long term positive impact. Our approach was to introduce a comprehensive quick response maintenance programme, to break the vandalism cycle.

Result

Through initial trials and a large-scale roll of our ‘Fit for Purpose’ maintenance programme, we were able to take control of the damage management and minimise ongoing cost by breaking the vandalism cycle. As a result, the incidence of this sort of vandalism has reduced dramatically, generating huge cost savings.

Description

In the early 2000’s glass scratch graffiti spread to many of the worlds cities. This extremely expensive sort of damage was occurring on glass surfaces everywhere from shop fronts, mirrors in public bathrooms, public transport windows etc.

GlassProtech has been providing anti-graffiti and etch protection for glass for well over 15 years New Zealand. We work with all major public transport companies in the country, helping to keep glass and other hard surfaces protected from vandalism damage.

Our successful comprehensive quick response maintenance programme has been key in breaking the vandalism cycle of our public transport customers. We realised early on, that this issue had the potential to become very expensive for our customers and as a result, engaged in an approach to control, rather than react, to help our customers to manage the potential spiralling costs of this type of vandalism.

Through initial trials and a large-scale roll of our ‘Fit for Purpose’ maintenance programme, we were able to take control of the damage management and minimise ongoing cost by breaking the vandalism cycle. Our comprehensive maintenance programme included a quick response time to replace any vandalised sacrificial anti-graffiti film on bus and train windows, as it was proven that scratch and etching vandalism were a mode of “power communication” between vandals, where the responses to graffiti were recoded as further graffiti.

Over the years, GlassProtech has protected the windows on most of the country’s public transport fleet. As a result, the incidence of this sort of vandalism has reduced dramatically over the past 10 years, and the ongoing cost to bus and other public transport companies has therefore been slashed. A great result for passengers and ultimately rate payers who part fund these services