Tech­nol­ogy boost helps team clean up graf­fiti

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

The City of Rock­ing­ham’s Graf­fiti Re­moval Team is set to tackle more graf­fiti van­dal­ism than ever be­fore with the help of new tablets and spe­cial re­port­ing soft­ware.

Po­lice will be able to map graf­fiti van­dal­ism and track of­fend­ers through GPS and prop­erty de­tails as part of the new de­vices, which will be able to cap­ture pho­tos of graf­fiti and link them to a Statewide data­base.

Hav­ing su­per­seded the old No­mad Trim­bles, the new gad­gets of­fer im­proved im­age cap­ture and GPS fea­tures which will re­sult in more ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion be­ing able to be sent to the WA Po­lice Good­bye Graf­fiti Data­base.

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the new tech­nol­ogy was al­ready in use.

“The new de­vices are al­ready de­ployed and in use cap­tur­ing in­stances of graf­fiti van­dal­ism,” Mr Sam­mels said.

The new graf­fiti man­age­ment so­lu­tion has been im­ple­mented af­ter a suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tion through the State Graf­fiti Fund, un­der which the City re­ceived just over $18,000.

The City of Rock­ing­ham is one of the lo­cal gov­ern­ments which has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der- stand­ing with WA Po­lice in work­ing to­wards an over­all re­duc­tion in graf­fiti van­dal­ism un­der the State Graf­fiti Strat­egy.

The City re­moves graf­fiti van­dal­ism from coun­cil, and in some cases, pri­vate prop­erty.

If you have no­ticed graf­fiti van- dal­ism within the city in­clud­ing on City as­sets, call the 24-hour Graf­fiti Hot­line on 1800 442 255 to sub­mit a graf­fiti re­moval re­quest.

Graf­fiti can also be re­ported on­line at good­bye­graf­fiti.wa.gov.au.

Picture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels, and WA Po­lice graf­fiti team project of­fi­cers Lor­raine Jar­rett and Greg Daniel with Lit­terBusters su­per­vi­sor Stephen For­rester are ex­cited about the new tech­nol­ogy.

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