Dob-a-tag­ger cash of­fered

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jus­tine Glu­cina

Catch­ing a crim­i­nal could earn you a cash re­ward.

A new 0800 tag­ging hot­line launched on April 1 and be­ing tri­alled un­til June al­lows peo­ple to re­port in­for­ma­tion about graf­fiti van­dals.

Money will be of­fered if the in­for­ma­tion leads to the ap­pre­hen­sion, ar­rest and con­vic­tion of of­fend­ers.

Auck­land City Coun­cil in­ves­ti­ga­tors will as­sess the in­for­ma­tion, with in­quiries fol­lowed up by both the coun­cil and the po­lice.

New­mar­ket Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral man­ager Cameron Brewer hopes the pub­lic will sup­port the ini­tia­tive as they did with the po­lice’s *555 hot­line to dob in a dan­ger­ous driver.

“The pub­lic has had enough.

“Spray­cans are be­ing banned for un­der 18-yearolds, the penal­ties are go­ing up, and now we’re en­cour­aged to ring through in­for­ma­tion toll-free. It’s great,” he says.

“So many peo­ple have a tele­phone on them th­ese days.

“An 0800 num­ber means they can make the com­plaint in­stan­ta­neously and much eas­ier.”

He says ri­val tag­gers may even be en­ticed to dob in their com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s great that this new coun­cil is tak­ing graf­fiti erad­i­ca­tion se­ri­ously.

“They promised they would in the elec­tion cam­paign and now they are de­liv­er­ing true to their word.”

Com­mu­nity ser­vices com­mit­tee chair­man coun­cil­lor Paul Gold­smith says ef­fec­tive pros­e­cu­tion is a crit­i­cal part of the bat­tle against graf­fiti van­dal­ism.

“This new num­ber is an­other en­force­ment tool to help us catch and pros­e­cute graf­fiti van­dals.

“By en­sur­ing graf­fiti van­dals are con­victed, we can make them pay for the dam­age they cause,” he says.

“I urge the pub­lic to phone 0800 STOP TAGS dur­ing the trial with any use­ful in­for­ma­tion they may have.”

Since the coun­cil’s zero tol­er­ance to graf­fiti van­dal­ism pro­gramme kicked off in Oc­to­ber 2000, more than 500 graf­fiti van­dals have been ap­pre­hended.

Tags have been re­moved from more than 130,000 sites.

The new phone hot­line is 0800-7867-8247 and will be tri­alled un­til June 30.

To con­tinue re­port­ing graf­fiti van­dal­ism for re­moval phone the coun­cil’s call cen­tre on 379-2020.

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