Issued Thursday 16 March 2017
The City of Casey is committed to wiping out unsightly graffiti in Casey.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said that Council is proactive in its approach to graffiti prevention and removal and would ultimately like to see a future free of the blight of graffiti.
“Council is committed to removing graffiti as soon as it appears from Council and private property. Once graffiti is reported to Council, it will be removed for free within 24 hours on Council-owned properties or from the time permission is gained from the owner of private properties.
“In 2015/16, Council received almost 3,000 reports of graffiti to our 1800 VANDAL hotline and cleaned up 28,905 square metres of graffiti.
“Graffiti vandalism is a criminal offence. It destroys the appearance of property, buildings and neighbourhoods and can create a poor perception of safety and insight fear.
“If left and not cleaned up quickly, graffiti can proliferate and cause copycat behavior; that is why Council is so quick to respond to cleaning it up as soon as possible.”
The Mayor added that while Council is committed to eradicating graffiti, we can only do it with the community’s help.
“Help us wipe out this scourge by reporting graffiti related crime to police and call 1800 VANDAL (826 325) for free graffiti removal from private property,” Cr Aziz said.
Council also addresses the prevention of graffiti through enforcement and education.
“Council has fostered a partnership with Victoria Police to identify and apprehend offenders who vandalise our city with graffiti.
“Council also facilitates a program through local schools, with all Year 5 students in Casey presented with a free anti-graffiti education program delivered by specialist presenters,” the Mayor concluded.
For further details on Council’s graffiti management program visit the Graffiti webpage.