Mindless tagging frustrates
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.