Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

PO­LICE are tar­get­ing graf­fiti of­fend­ers and are call­ing for pub­lic sup­port in a crack­down on un­law­ful dam­age. Op­er­a­tion Quad­ran­gle III started on Fe­bru­ary 20 with Po­lice Trans­port Unit and lo­cal po­lice fo­cussing on graf­fiti of­fend­ers.

Re­search shows graf­fiti is a gate­way crime, mean­ing many graf­fiti of­fend­ers es­ca­late to com­mit more se­ri­ous crimes with­out in­ter­ven­tion. Graf­fiti has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the com­mu­nity. Cleanup costs are es­ti­mated to ex­ceed $25 mil­lion each year, and in ad­di­tion graf­fiti in­creases per­cep­tions of crime and re­duces com­mu­nity pride.

Quad­ran­gle in­cludes both en­force­ment and en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at putting of­fend­ers be­fore the courts and rais­ing aware­ness about graf­fiti. It is vi­tally im­por­tant that the pub­lic sup­ports our ef­forts to tackle this crime. We need the pub­lic to pro­vide us with in­for­ma­tion about of­fences.

– Se­nior Sergeant Michael Dalla-Costa

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