Graffiti costs more than $80k a day
CLEANING up graffiti vandalism on Sydney trains and railway stations is costing taxpayers close to $600,000 a week – more than $82,000 a day.
The NSW Government had to set aside $30 million last financial year to remove the criminal artwork, which included 132,000 graffiti “tags” on trains alone.
This staggering clean-up bill, revealed in an answer to a parliamentary Question on Notice from Opposition transport spokesman Ryan Park, has prompted calls for more security cameras, as well as a boost in the number of police officers.
The figures come as the latest crime stats, released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, show that the incidences of malicious damage – much of it graffiti-related – on public transport premises rose by more than 17 per cent, to 2240, in the 12 months to September this year.
Mr Park said the Government needed to conduct more targeted operations, transfer more officers to the Police Transport Command and install more CCTV cameras.