Graf­fiti costs more than $80k a day

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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