GRAFFITI is being rubbed out in the northern suburbs, with the number of incidents reported to police down almost half compared with the same period last year.
North District Superintendent Charlie Carver said graffiti reports to police were down 46.2 per cent in the first three months of the year.
“The significant reduction in reported graffiti offences in the North West region can be attributed to the work being done by the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo working with local residents and police to deter and identify graffiti offenders through a range of initiatives including using CCTV technology,” he said.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the incidents of graffiti reported to the City in the first quarter were down 22 per cent compared with last year.
“Several years ago, graffiti damage and graffiti removal cost the City almost $990,000 a year whereas last year the City spent $275,000,” he said.
“These figures highlight that graffiti is a costly problem and the City works closely with police to assist in catching and prosecuting offenders.”
Mr Pickard said that the City’s participation in the juvenile clean-up referral program, where young people convicted of graffiti crimes were put to work cleaning up graffiti, had been successful.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said reports of graffiti were down 18 per cent so far this year.
“The City has noticed a decrease in the number of graffiti incidents over recent years since the introduction of CCTV, and this continues to be reflected in the first quarter of this year,” she said.
“The City has 24 cameras used for CCTV coverage across Wanneroo, Clarkson, Girrawheen and Marangaroo, as well as mobile CCTV cameras. All are used to monitor anti-social behaviour, including graffiti.
“As well as the introduction of CCTV, the City has introduced community safety patrols, as well as programs such as Eyes on the Street, which we believe have all contributed to a reduction in graffiti incidents.”