August - Environmental Crime: Abandoned vehicles and graffiti

Abandoned vehicles are an environmental hazard, a danger to the public and a magnet for crime - creating problems for councils, the police and fire service.

We've seen a rise in the numbers of abandoned cars in the district despite the penalties for illegally dumping vehicles.

An abandoned vehicle is one that appears not to be in regular use and has been in the same place for a period of time, usually 3 weeks or more. It is a criminal offence to abandon a vehicle, with a maximum fine of up to £2,500 and or three months imprisonment.  

We work closely with the Fire Service and Police to ensure they’re removed quickly. This is because abandoned cars can act as a magnet for crime, anti-social behaviour and arson.

If you need to dispose of a vehicle take it to a reputable garage or scrap merchant. Make sure you complete and return the necessary paperwork to the DVLA.

Graffiti  is unsightly and expensive to remove - we will remove from public spaces. Graffiti on private property is the responsibility of the owner to remove.

Fly posters usually advertise events with posters or stickers that are put up without the permission of the property owner. Fly posting is a criminal offence.

You can report fly posting quickly and easily.To help us we will need to know the location of the fly-posting and also any information on what they are advertising.