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'Cost of Crime' Campaign hits graffiti hot-spots

06 March, 2014

‘Cost of Crime’ Campaign hits graffiti hot-spots

The Lord Mayor together with Crime Stoppers Queensland today launched a new graffiti crime campaign aimed at building community awareness about the cost of graffiti vandalism.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the “Cost of Crime” graffiti campaign would see ten pop-up events in graffiti hot-spots this year.

“The “Cost of Crime” pop-up events will feature larger-than-life price-tag displays on common graffiti targets such as barbecues and outdoor seats, to create public awareness around just how much vandalism costs our community,” said Cr Quirk.

“The events will be held in graffiti hot-spots, such as New Farm Park, to inspire residents to report graffiti to Crime Stoppers and deter offenders from their criminal behaviour.

“Our experience shows that removing graffiti quickly deters other vandals from tagging in that same spot, which is why we want the people of Brisbane to help identify graffiti as it occurs.

“This campaign is about rallying the people of Brisbane behind our efforts to help to keep our city clean and green, and to inspire a discussion about the broader impacts of graffiti on our community. By reporting instances of graffiti to Crime Stoppers, residents can help apprehend offenders and make a positive impact in reducing graffiti vandalism in our city.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the ‘Cost of Crime’ campaign would be on top of Council’s annual $3.1 million multi-faceted graffiti management program.

“Council’s Taskforce Against Graffiti (TAG) has been busy fighting graffiti with our 15 crews removing more than 91,800 square metres of graffiti this financial year.

“TAG works closely with the Queensland Police Service to help identify and apprehend graffiti vandals. Since the taskforce commenced in 2008, 494 offenders had been charged with 18,117 offences.

“Council runs education programs in Brisbane schools so students can learn first-hand about the damage and risks associated with graffiti. The project has been run at 226 schools with 168 programs being delivered to over 14,000 students.

“Council also focuses on prevention, with more than 10 murals being installed at graffiti problem areas over the last 12 months through partnerships with local artists and at risk youth.”

“Residents who spot offenders or instances of graffiti are encouraged to report the crime by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visiting their website as soon as possible.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council would continue to partner with Crime Stoppers over the next three years, providing a grant of $750,000 to continue education and public awareness about graffiti crime across Brisbane.

For more information on the ‘Cost of Crime’ campaign and the TAG program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

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