Tougher laws on the way for graffiti vandals in WA

Graffiti  damage in Spearwood.
Graffiti damage in Spearwood.

GRAFFITI costs local governments about $30 million each year to clean up but Police Minister Liza Harvey believes new laws introduced into Parliament last week will turn the tide on vandals.

Outlining how the State Government planned to crack down on vandalism, Ms Harvey said the stand-alone graffiti offence carried penalties up to $24,000 and two years in jail.

“Delivering this election commitment sends a clear message to those people who have a complete disregard for someone else’s property, that they are committing a serious offence and will pay a high price,” she said.

The Graffiti Vandalism Bill also includes mandatory clean-up orders for convicted vandals, confiscation of property, including mobile phones which can be used to record and transmit vandalism, and the ability for the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to ban serial offenders from buses, trains and stations.

“Local councils and many home and business owners know the grind of cleaning up graffiti vandalism,” Ms Harvey said.

“Now offenders will understand the effort it takes to clean and plenty of time to rethink their unacceptable behaviour.”