Graf­fiti ed­u­ca­tion

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Se­nior Sergeant Rob Lewis Se­nior Sergeant Rob Lewis is the of­fi­cer-in-charge of Man­durah po­lice.

Graf­fiti van­dal­ism af­fects ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, whether it be di­rectly or in­di­rectly. It is an is­sue that costs the com­mu­nity of West­ern Aus­tralia mil­lions of dol­lars each year.

As part of Op­er­a­tion Quad­ran­gle, Man­durah po­lice vis­ited lo­cal schools in­clud­ing Sin­gle­ton, Se­cret Har­bour and Comet Bay pri­mary schools de­liv­er­ing anti-graf­fiti pre­sen­ta­tions to Years 5 and 6 stu­dents who also par­tic­i­pated in a Q&A ses­sion re­gard­ing graf­fiti.

All school pre­sen­ta­tions were very well re­ceived by stu­dents and teach­ers alike.

With re­search sug­gest­ing a ma­jor­ity of graf­fiti of­fend­ers start dur­ing school­ing years it pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to high­light, de­ter and out­line the cost and ef­fects graf­fiti has on our com­mu­nity at large.

Pa­trols also tar­geted known graf­fiti “hot spots” with the Man­durah sub-district.

Of­fi­cers con­ducted ve­hi­cle and foot pa­trols of graf­fiti hot spots, en­gag­ing with youths in those ar­eas.

Any­one can re­port acts of graf­fiti van­dal­ism against public as­sets, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties or pri­vate prop­erty. If graf­fiti van­dal­ism oc­curs on your prop­erty please re­port the in­ci­dent as soon as pos­si­ble.

Public re­port­ing of graf­fiti van­dal­ism can be done via the Good­bye Graf­fiti web­site good­bye­graf­fiti.wa.gov.au and hot­line 1800 44 22 55.

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