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‘Cost of Crime’ Campaign puts a price on vandalism

13 March, 2015

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

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the “Cost of Crime” graffiti campaign would see nine pop-up events over the year in graffiti and vandalism hot-spots, highlighting that vandalism had a cost of $4 million to the community.

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

“There is not only a financial cost to vandalism, but there is also an enormous social cost to our community. Every dollar that is spent replacing or repairing vandalised assets is one dollar that can’t be spent on other services or projects in Brisbane.”

“These events will be held in vandalism hot-spots, such as at South Bank, to inspire residents to report vandals to Crime Stoppers and deter offenders from their criminal behaviour.

“Our experience shows that removing the work of vandals quickly provides a significant deterrent to other vandals from tagging in that same spot, which is why we want the people of Brisbane to help identify vandalism as it occurs by reporting it to Council.

“By reporting instances of vandalism, residents can help apprehend offenders and make a positive impact in reducing graffiti vandalism in our city.”

Cr Quirk said this campaign represented the second year of a three-year partnership with Crimestoppers and was in addition to Council’s vandalism and graffiti programs.

“Last year’s campaign ran as part of Council’s annual $3.1 million graffiti management program to combat the negative social impact of graffiti in the community and help us create a safer and friendly city,” he said.

“In the 2013-14 financial year, Council removed over 142,000 square meters of graffiti across the city and charged 76 offenders with 4,407 graffiti offences, which highlights the ongoing need for initiatives like Council’s graffiti removal teams, education programs in schools and the ‘Cost of Crime’ campaign with Crime Stoppers QLD.

“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 two years, through a grant of $250,000 each year to continue education and public awareness about crime across Brisbane.

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

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