Graffiti busters get going
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.