GUNFIRE GRAFFITI UK is a privately funded gun crime project founded in 2008. It finds, investigates and records evidence of roadside gunfire damage. That is the discharge of firearms into steel/alloy road sign structures. Whilst these practises are nothing new and indeed unsurprising in some parts of the world it is perhaps difficult to except that it is relatively commonplace in the UK. Lack of awareness and “gun savvy” make it easy for the perpetrators to test and rehearse with all types of firearms. Shootings are often from within the confines of passing vehicles. The UK has strict gun laws but these shootings reveal the use of firearms that are banned from legal ownership. The what and where is there for all to find and see, the when can be calculated. The big question is who and why.
To date a total of 548 sites have been found in the UK and Northern Ireland, 470 by one individual. A focused and widespread search would undoubtedly uncover a great deal more. The project is ongoing.
The book, Gunfire Graffiti – Overlooked Gun Crime in the UK was published by Waterside Press in 2012. The preface was written by Nick Ross of BBC “Crimewatch” fame. This publication finally came about as a result of the ballistic research carried out in Oxfordshire by Cranfield University.