The City of Melville has a graffiti management plan in place to target graffiti vandalism through a multi faceted approach working in partnership with key organisations.
The plan contains five broad strategies with underpinning actions and will be reviewed in 2012. The approach incorporates five core elements:
New removal statistics show graffiti has dropped by over half in the City of Melville in the last 12 months and this is due to a number of initiatives that have been implemented as part of the graffiti management plan including:
- Strict graffiti removal, reporting and management practices
- Establishing police partnerships with a local focus on graffiti
- Sharing graffiti removal information with police for further investigation, including hotspots and commonly occurring tags
- Targeted Community Safety Service (CSS) patrols to graffiti hot spot areas
- Participation in Juvenile Justice court conferencing sessions for young people caught tagging within the City of Melville
- Successful grant application for $20 000 from the Office of Crime Prevention to implement urban art projects at identified graffiti hot spots.
- Successful grant application for $18 000 from the Office of Crime Prevention for the purchase of reporting and recording software to streamline the process of reporting through the State Goodbye Graffiti Database.
The City of Melville offers a rapid removal service on both public and private property for graffiti that is visible to the public. Prompt removal helps defeat vandals as it diminishes their level of recognition. To report graffiti for removal contact the City of Melville 24 hour graffiti hotline on 1800 626 119 or to lodge an online request click here.
Graffiti is a criminal offence so all instances of graffiti on your property should be reported. Call the Goodbye Graffiti hotline on 1800 442 255 or visit www.goodbyegraffiti.wa.gov.au to report online. Police rely on information from the community to make arrests.