Tagging declines as quick response teams step in
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.’’
Cleaning up: Volunteers clean up tagging. The incidence of graffiti is down in Auckland’s central suburbs.