Police target rail graffiti

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Operation Eraser 9 kicked off earlier this month and aims to investigate graffiti offences, target persons of interest and charge where possible.

Perth Police Operations Manager Per Bentsen said they would be targeting vandals on the city’s public transport.

‘The public transport system, whether it is buses or trains, just gets hammered,’ Acting Senior Sergeant Bentsen said.

‘I know for the Perth transport unit, it is an ongoing issue with train carriages regularly being sprayed and scratched.’

Perth Police Acting Inspector Simon Hazell said police would also be keeping an eye on other graffiti hot spots in the city.

‘We don’t normally see a great proliferation of graffiti everywhere because the City of Perth are really good at getting rid of it quickly,’ Insp Hazell said.

‘And that’s one of the strategies they use, because they (the offenders) are doing their art work for recognition ” as soon as it’s off the wall and painted over they lose that recognition.

‘The other advantage is the CBD’S CCTV network, there are not many places you can go where you won’t be caught on camera.

‘The main issues we have with graffiti are in abandoned buildings or in the nearby freeway tunnels, and the East Perth power station gets hit.’

Graffiti costs more than $30 million a year to clean-up and is regarded as a gateway crime, meaning it could escalate to more serious offending such as burglary, car theft and drug crime.

Anyone with details about graffiti offences is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and quote number 7351.