City of Rockingham declares hi-tech war on graffiti


LitterBusters supervisor Stephen Forrester, WA Police graffiti team project officer Lorraine Jarrett, Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and police graffiti team’s Greg Daniel.
LitterBusters supervisor Stephen Forrester, WA Police graffiti team project officer Lorraine Jarrett, Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and police graffiti team’s Greg Daniel.

THE City of Rockingham’s Graffiti Removal Team now has a digital defence against graffiti around the City.

They were issued with new tablets with special reporting software, giving them a greater scope for recording, tracking and reporting graffiti vandalism.

The devices can take lots of photos of graffiti and link to a state database, which assists police to map graffiti vandalism and track offenders through GPS and property details.

They have improved image quality and GPS features.

Now more accurate, detailed information can be sent to the WA Police Goodbye Graffiti database.

It was made possible following a successful grant application through the State Graffiti Fund, under which the City received just over $18,000.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it would make the graffiti removal team’s job easier.

“We are confident that improved reporting, using the new Dell rugged tablet devices will result in an increased number of apprehensions,” he said.

The City of Rockingham is one of the local governments that has signed a memorandum of understanding with WA Police in working towards an overall reduction in graffiti vandalism under the State graffiti strategy.

The City removes graffiti vandalism from council and, in some cases, private property.

If you have noticed graffiti vandalism within the City of Rockingham, including on City assets, call the 24-hour Graffiti Hotline on 1800 442 255 to submit a graffiti removal request.

You may also report it online at www.goodbyegraffiti.wa.gov.au.

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