Midland police to target young graffiti offenders


Senior Sergeant Jason Longhorn is targeting graffiti this week at local schools. Picture: Bruce Hunt.
Senior Sergeant Jason Longhorn is targeting graffiti this week at local schools. Picture: Bruce Hunt.

MIDLAND Police Station officer in charge Senior Sergeant Jason Longhorn said his team would spend next week visiting schools to talk about tagging and discourage graffiti from young students.

Previous campaigns in Midland against tagging have left police pleased with the results.

Offenders were charged from Bassendean, East Victoria Park and Midland in previous years with tagging.

New CCTV cameras in the Midland CBD have assisted police in identifying taggers since the first operation started.

Normally most taggers are 20 years old or older.

“Clean-up costs of graffiti are estimated to be $30 million in WA,” Sgt Longhorn said.

“Acts of vandalism are not welcome and not legal.”

Police believe there is also a link to graffiti and tagging leading to other more serious crime.

Police will cover this and other material in their presentations at local schools this week.

They will also work with the City of Swan maintenance services staff to clean up graffiti and tags and collect evidence from spray cans left at the scene of new tagging and pictures.