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Collective approach to combat graffiti

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Victoria Police, VicTrack, VLine, Castlemaine Rotary and Mount Alexander Shire Council have come together to create a working group that aims to quickly respond to and clean up graffiti on public buildings and infrastructure.

Friday 12 March 2021

Victoria Police, VicTrack, VLine, Castlemaine Rotary and Mount Alexander Shire Council have come together to create a working group that aims to quickly respond to and clean up graffiti on public buildings and infrastructure.

“Our community is very proud of our shire, the historic towns and landmarks. Graffiti not only damages property, it also damages the reputation of our towns,” said Acting Senior Sergeant Gary Walter, Castlemaine Police Station Commander.

“Cleaning up graffiti is costly and the burden is carried by the community – households, businesses, Council, government agencies and community organisations,” he said.

“Marking graffiti on a property without the owner’s consent is breaking the law – no ifs, no buts.”

Graffiti is illegal and police will take action when the perpetrators can be identified.

Community members can assist the speedy clean-up of graffiti by reporting instances to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

The working group has developed systems to help clean up graffiti faster.

When graffiti is reported to Police they will contact the property owner to ensure the graffiti is removed quickly. When the graffiti is on private residences or small businesses members of Castlemaine Rotary have offered to assist with the clean-up.

“We urge community members to report graffiti to police as soon as they see it,” said Acting Senior Sergeant Walter.

“If your property has been marked by graffiti, call the Police Assistance Line and report it.

“And if you know people who is putting graffiti on property, call us and let us know, or you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information provided to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously.

“We want to work with the community to dissuade people from creating graffiti, and encourage people to report it,” he said.

Don’t forget, to report graffiti in the shire phone the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or online at www.onlinereporting.police.vic.gov.au.



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