Graffiti Vandalism Strategy
The State Graffiti Taskforce has developed a guiding document for the delivery of graffiti management across the state. The Graffiti Vandalism Strategy Western Australia 2022 - 2023 outlines the key principles.
The purpose of the strategy is to provide a new and comprehensive path forward to deliver the goal of reducing graffiti vandalism.
The Strategy’s Vision
The vision of the Strategy is to reduce graffiti vandalism to contribute to Western Australians feeling safe living in their communities. The vision will be achieved through the following three goals.
1. Promote Partnerships
2. Reporting and removing graffiti vandalism
3. Prevention and policing graffiti vandalism
A number of initiatives have been developed to assist in achieving the Strategy goals.
Goal 1: Promote Partnerships
Private Property Support
Engage with private property owners to educate and support graffiti reporting, removal and prevention initiatives.
Develop curriculum based prevention resources aimed to educate West Australian students at the age of attitudinal change. The resources focus on the consequence of graffiti vandalism with an aim to build resilience in young people.
Community awareness and support
Assist Local Government Authorities and not-for-profit organisations with strategies to report, remove and prevent graffiti vandalism.
Hard copy and on line resources are available to assist with community campaigns.
The Goodbye Graffiti website provides community awareness and support to stakeholders about graffiti reporting, prevention and removal strategies.
Strengthening Partnerships with all stakeholders involved in graffiti management, such as Local Council Authorities, Schools, Private Property the Community and the State Graffiti Taskforce.
Goal 2: Reporting and removing graffiti vandalism
Although moving towards on-line reporting the Police Assistance Centre can provide an avenue to report graffiti vandalism.
An easy to use web tool to capture more accurate graffiti reports for the community.
Goodbye Graffiti Database
Create consistent and standardised reporting from asset owners to enable an accurate measurement of graffiti vandalism.
Clean-up and rapid removal
Infrastructure Owners, state government agencies and community to participate in rapid removal techniques based on a 48 hour turnaround standard for removal of graffiti.
The State Graffiti Taskforce will examine trends and achievements within the State Graffiti Strategy to fine tune strategies in real time.
Goal 3: Prevention and policing graffiti vandalism
Intelligence led Policing
State wide database of graffiti intelligence
Intelligence on graffiti offenders will be maintained as a tool for frontline Police to facilitate the management of prolific priority offenders.
Targeted graffiti operations
WA Police Force, as required, will commit to graffiti operations targeting prolific offenders.
Rewarding members of the Community for providing information that leads to the apprehension/caution of a graffiti offender.
Operate a restorative justice program for offender referrals from Juvenile Justice Teams to a contracted graffiti removal professional.
Extend initiatives to reduce adolescent crime by countering reward perceptions and building young people’s resilience. These initiatives will attempt to create a diversion to safer, crime free pathways.
Designing out graffiti
Encourage adoption of 'Designing out Graffiti' principles in the design and management of built and landscaped environments.
Focus on graffiti hotspots
Create a focus on “hotspot” locations to reduce opportunities for graffiti vandalism.