Mind­less tag­ging frus­trates

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A fresh spate of tag­ging along Firth St has left police and prop­erty own­ers frus­trated.

Res­i­den­tial and busi­ness prop­er­ties in the area were tar­geted by tag­gers over the week­end of May 25 to 27.

Mata­mata Police Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk de­scribed the in­ci­dent as an as­sault on the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s just mean­ing­less,’’ he said. ‘‘We ad­vise peo­ple to paint it out as quickly as pos­si­ble, I know it’s an ex­pense but one tag leads on to an­other.’’

Police rec­om­mend re­tail out­lets con­trol ac­cess to spray paint by lock­ing up aerosol cans.

Mr McGurk said that most of­ten the of­fend­ers tagged the area they lived in and were usu­ally lim­ited to a small group or one in­di­vid­ual.

Joella Dar­rah of Kiwi Prop­erty Care said it was frus­trat­ing for busi­nesses when their prop­er­ties be­came tar­gets.

‘‘It’s not a good look. It de­grades the prop­erty and low­ers the whole as­pect of the area. There’s no point in it,’’ she said.

If caught, the of­fend­ers would face charges of van­dal­ism with penal­ties left to the dis­cre­tion of the court.

Police are ap­peal­ing for any­one with any in­for­ma­tion on tag­ging in the Mata­mata area to con­tact them on 888 7117.

Al­ter­na­tively, in­for­ma­tion can be left anony­mously with Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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