Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said this translated to an 85 per cent decrease in graffiti removal costs over the same period, saving almost $1.2 million.
In the 2007/2008 financial year, the City spent $416,046 on graffiti removal, with a total of 7423 incidents. In the last financial year, the City spent $64,226 on 3557 incidents.
Mr Aubrey said he believed the reduction in the number of incidents was due largely to a combination of targeted Community Safety Service patrols of identified hotspot areas, urban art projects and the rapid removal of graffiti.
‘The City’s Graffiti Management Plan has also contributed, promoting the maintenance of police partnerships and the sharing of information with the police to assist in arrests,’ he said.
‘The City has also been recording photos of all removed graffiti, both for measurement purposes and to maintain an information database of ‘tags’ and ‘hotspots’ that are used for investigative purposes by the police.
‘All of these strategies have worked well and have benefited from other initiatives introduced by external organisations, such as the reduction of access to spray cans.’
To report graffiti for removal, call the City of Melville 24-hour graffiti hotline on 1800 626 119 or lodge a request on the City of Melville website at www.melvillecity.com.au. Call police on 131 444 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.