Operation Quadrangle targets graffiti in Mandurah

Police Senior Sergeant Steve Thompson and City of Mandurah staff Brad Wilkinson, Mark Champion, Gary Buckland and Belinda Trowbridge.
Police Senior Sergeant Steve Thompson and City of Mandurah staff Brad Wilkinson, Mark Champion, Gary Buckland and Belinda Trowbridge.

CITY of Mandurah staff are working with WA Police during Operation Quadrangle to identify graffiti offenders, execute search warrants and target graffiti hot spots.

Mandurah Police are taking a proactive approach including community engagement and early intervention strategies to educate and raise awareness with the aim of reducing graffiti in the community in the medium to long term.

Police have attended local high schools and spoken about the social, legal and economic consequences of graffiti.

Mandurah police station officer in charge Senior Sergeant Steve Thompson said graffiti vandalism was not art but one of the most visible of all crimes in the community.

“Mandurah Police are working with the City and schools to prevent offending, but we need the support of the community in identifying those responsible.

“Any information can be passed to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

City chief executive Mark Newman stressed the importance of working with WA Police to tackle graffiti.

“It’s disappointing to see graffiti in our community. The City works closely with local police on a range of strategies to ensure that the city remains safe and enjoyable for our residents, businesses and visitors,” he said.

Other ways the City is tackling graffiti include:

n Providing graffiti removal buckets to residents who have graffiti on their property, available from the City’s administration building.

n Two graffiti removal officers are employed to remove graffiti from City property and upload images of graffiti to the state-wide ‘Good Bye Graffiti’ database.

n Graffiti reporting at www.goodbyegraffiti.wa.gov.au