Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

OF­FI­CERS across Perth par­tic­i­pated in an anti-graf­fiti op­er­a­tion called Quad­ran­gle in­volv­ing en­force­ment and crime pre­ven­tion to tackle graf­fiti that costs more than $30 mil­lion each year in clean-up costs. Graf­fiti of­fend­ers con­trib­ute to a costly prob­lem in our com­mu­nity but the im­pact is much greater than the clean-up costs. Graf­fiti in­creases per­cep­tions of crime and re­duces pride in our com­mu­ni­ties, and is a com­mon cause of com­plaint from the pub­lic. Pre­ven­tion strate­gies were vi­tal com­po­nents of Quad­ran­gle, in­clud­ing vis­its to schools where of­fi­cers dis­cussed the per­sonal and com­mu­nity im­pacts of graf­fiti, and dis­cus­sions with lo­cal gov­ern­ment and busi­nesses on how to pro­tect their prop­er­ties against van­dal­ism. We be­lieve there is a sig­nif­i­cant long-term ben­e­fit to come from in­vest­ing ef­fort in these strate­gies, and any­one seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion should go to www.good­bye­graf­ - In­spec­tor Wayne Dohmen

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