Astra’s Top Tips for Vandal-Proofing Outdoor Street Furniture

Vandalism is a persistent challenge for public spaces, but with the right strategies and products, it's possible to significantly reduce its impact. At Astra Street Furniture, we prioritise creating robust and vandal-resistant designs to ensure our products stand the test of time. Here are our top tips for vandal-proofing outdoor street furniture, featuring specific examples from our range.

1. Durable Materials

Choosing the right materials is the first step in making street furniture vandal-proof. Durable materials like steel, stainless steel, and reinforced concrete can withstand significant abuse. Our Athens Bins are a perfect example. Constructed from heavy-duty materials, these bins are designed to resist dents, scratches, and other forms of vandalism. Their robust build ensures they remain functional and aesthetically pleasing even in high-traffic areas.

2. Anti-Graffiti Coatings

Applying anti-graffiti coatings can make a significant difference. These coatings allow for easy removal of paint and markers, maintaining the furniture’s appearance and reducing maintenance costs. Whether clear or coloured, these protective layers are essential for any public furniture.

3. Strategic Design Features

Incorporating specific design features can deter vandals. For instance, using rounded edges and sloped surfaces makes it difficult to apply graffiti and prevents dirt and liquids from accumulating. Another critical aspect is securing furniture to the ground.

  • Fixings on Seats: Seats should be firmly attached using internal fixings that are not visible or accessible without special tools. This makes it extremely difficult for vandals to detach or damage the seats. Our seating options are designed with these fixings to ensure maximum security.
  • Concealed Screws: Our Paris Suite of furniture is an excellent example of vandal-resistant design. By using concealed screws, we eliminate easy access points for tampering. These screws are hidden within the structure, making it nearly impossible for vandals to dismantle the furniture without specialised equipment.

4. Regular Maintenance and Community Engagement

Regular inspections and maintenance are crucial. Quick responses to graffiti and damage discourage further vandalism. Engaging the community through public art projects and educational programs can also foster a sense of ownership and respect for public spaces.

5. Security Measures

Implementing security measures like CCTV surveillance and motion sensor lighting can deter vandals. Well-lit, highly visible areas are less likely to be targeted.

By following these tips and choosing the right products, you can create public spaces that are not only functional and attractive but also resilient against vandalism. At Astra Street Furniture, we are committed to providing high-quality, vandal-resistant solutions to help keep your outdoor spaces safe and beautiful.