Blow to graffiti vandals

The statewide operation earlier this month resulted in more than 500 charges laid against 190 alleged offenders for crimes ranging from criminal damage to burglary, stealing and drug offences.

More than 58 per cent of the charges laid during the operation related to graffiti damage.

The range of other offences detected confirms the gateway connection between criminal damage and other crimes, so it is important to halt this offending as early as possible.