Tag­ging de­clines as quick re­sponse teams step in

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Tag­ging in the Waitem­ata area is down 35 per cent on last year.

The num­ber of graf­fiti in­ci­dents fell from 17,966 in­ci­dents to 11,722, be­tween July last year and March this year com­pared to the same pe­riod from 2012 to 2013.

The num­ber of re­quests for graf­fiti re­movals has also fallen by 45 per cent.

Auck­land Coun­cil com­mu­nity safety pro­gramme man­ager Brian Taylor says the coun­cil has es­tab­lished a sin­gle graf­fiti van­dal­ism team to en­sure a com­pre­hen­sive and con­sis­tent ap­proach through­out the re­gion.

The coun­cil pro­vides a seven-day re­moval ser­vice, which aims to re­move tag­ging within 24 hours and sup­ports vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity groups to take ac­tion through its adopt-as­pot pro­gramme.

‘‘Our new con­tracts have a 20-1 proac­tive ra­tio mean­ing for ev­ery one re­quest for ser­vice the con­trac­tor must proac­tively re­move 20 pieces of graf­fiti,’’ Taylor says.

‘‘This re­sults in an in­creased re­moval of graf­fiti be­fore the pub­lic has a chance to see and re­port it.’’

Photo: KIRK HARGREAVES

Clean­ing up: Vol­un­teers clean up tag­ging. The in­ci­dence of graf­fiti is down in Auck­land’s cen­tral sub­urbs.

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