Graf­fiti busters get go­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

An epi­demic of tag­ging in the city has prompted a co­or­di­nated re­sponse.

Coun­cil, po­lice, Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port, the Safety Ad­vi­sory Board and Cho­rus have com­bined their ef­forts to clean up tagged prop­erty.

Mayor Grant Smith wants po­lice to as­sist with a co­or­di­nated blitz, while Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port en­cour­ages mem­bers of its net­work to promptly clear away graf­fiti.

The sooner graf­fiti is tack­led, the eas­ier it is to re­move, and the less likely it is to en­cour­age fur­ther tag­ging, ac­cord­ing to City safety co-or­di­na­tor Alane Nil­son.

‘‘The best way to com­bat graf­fiti is to get it cleaned up as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘The city coun­cil has buck­ets and cleanup kits avail­able at com­mu­nity li­braries, and ad­vises peo­ple to take a photo, then clean up be­fore mark­ings set and be­come harder to re­move,’’ Alane says.

With­out get­ting an owner’s con­sent, the coun­cil could not re­move graf­fiti on pri­vate prop­erty.

Ob­tain­ing per­mis­sion, es­pe­cially when own­ers were not the res­i­dents, caused cleanup de­lays.

How­ever Alane says there has not been a good up­take of the buck­ets for clean­ing pri­vate prop­erty any­way.

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