Graffiti Removal Who Is Responsible?

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My four year old son overheard a conversation I was having about graffiti in the area and what to do about the taggers; he responded “put them in the naughty corner!” If only the solution was that simple.

It is reported that one of the most successful ways to deter a Graffitists is to remove their tags as soon as they appear.  Brilliant I thought, “I can do that” but as it turns out taggers must all be giants because at five foot nothing I have little hope of reaching most of the tags around Point Cook and there is no way I am climbing onto the roof tops of buildings.  I wish they at least had the decency to tag within my reach.

After doing a little bit of research I realised the biggest misconception is who is responsible for the removal of the graffiti and who do we need to report it to for removal.  I also learnt that the only way we are going to clean up Point Cook is if we all work together and everyone does their bit.

Graffiti Removal From Wyndham City Council Property

Wyndham City is only responsible for Graffiti removal from Council Property.  This includes Council buildings, parks, gardens and reserves, public toilets, street bins and seats, playgrounds, Wyndham City signs and fire hydrants.

Report all tagging of council property to the Wyndham City 24 hour graffiti reporting line – 8734 2709 OR you can complete an Online Reporting Form. They will endeavour to remove all reported graffiti from council property as soon as possible with offensive graffiti taking priority.

As much as the Wyndham City appreciate the passion of those residents who are cleaning up the tagging there are a few things to consider.

  • Wyndham City catalogue and report on graffiti to police to assist with prosecution.
  • If residents clean it up without reporting it they have no record of the total damage caused by a tagger.
  • Wyndham City may send cleaning crews out only to find tags have already been removed – this wastes time and resources.

Therefore we need to work better together.

Before you remove graffiti off any council property ensure you photograph and report it to Wyndham City clearing stating that you intend to remove it yourself.

Graffiti Removal From Private Property

Wyndham City is not responsible for the removal of graffiti from private property.  However through their “Private Removal Scheme” they assist owners in organising removal of graffiti form their private property.  It is entirely up to the property owners, property managers and/or tenants to remove graffiti from their own properties.  Wyndham City cannot enforce them to do it.

You cannot under any circumstances enter private property and remove graffiti without the owners consent. Regardless of the best of your intentions this is considered trespassing.

Graffiti Removal from Public Property

Graffiti removal from Public Property it is the responsibility of the individual authorities and it should be reported directly to:

  • Railway stations or trackside – Contact Metro Trains Melbourne on 1800 69 63876
  • Telephone boxes, telephone poles and any other Telstra property – Contact Telstra on 132203 and select option “3” or via e-mail to TTFMA@team.telstra.com with ‘Graffiti Issue’ as the heading in the subject line.
  • Traffic signals boxes, traffic lights and traffic Poles – Contact VicRoads on 13 11 70 or email to  tmc@roads.vic.gov.au
  • Electricity poles and electrical sub stations – Contact Powercor on 13 22 06 or email to info@powercor.com.au
  • Mail boxes – Contact Australia Post on 13 13 18

Reporting A Graffiti Crime In Progress

  • If you see a tagger in progress report them to Werribee Police on 9742-9444 or Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000
  • If you recognise a tag and suspect you know who it is you can contact Werribee Police on 9742-9444 or if you prefer to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000
Whilst it is confusing to understand who is responsible for the removal of graffiti, the most important message here is that we need to work together to prevent, identify and remove graffiti from Point Cook using the correct channels.  This will ensure that once the perpetrators are identified, they can be prosecuted for the total damage of their tagging and that this may act as a deterrent for others.  I hope this post goes some way in making that process a little easier.

Comments

  1. Paul Harder says:

    Excellent and very informative Miriam

  2. Miriam Spiess says:

    Thanks for your comment Paul, I am aiming to battle the contentious subject of prevention soon so stay tuned.

  3. Paul Harder says:

    Hi Miriam,
    I’ve recently made it a personal crusade to remove tags along Point Cook Rd. The most prolific tag is S.A.L.YESIR (either as one word or combinations of). To-date I have not come across tagging on Council property …….. mostly it is on either private property, such as the BP service station, or on bus shelters, road construction machinery, utility boxes and light poles.
    I realise that in removing tags on the above, that in a strict sense I am trespassing, or otherwise breaking the law. However it is not practical to contact the various authorities and seek their permission.
    The key is prompt removal and that is prevented if I have to enter a time consuming beaurocratic process.
    I’ve adopted the attitude that if organisations cannot rapidly remove tags from their property, then I will take matters into my own hands and do it for them.
    In fact I’d really welcome somebody trying to prosecute me, as it would give me a golden publicity opportunity.
    For the 1st time no tags have appeared over this past weekend, so maybe my efforts have deterred Mr Yesir ….. I hope so.
    I’d be really concerned if I lived near the IGA supermarket. That area is being seriously targeted by taggers and in my opinion is looking very ‘slummy’ ……. who knows what that is doing to property prices in that area.
    For what its worth, I believe PCAG should be forming sub committees to address these social problems rather than embarking on the Beautiful Gardens project which will consume vast amounts of community volunteer time and effort for little real visual effect for the suburb.
    If that is in fact what you are proposing, I’d be happy to assist and to contribute.

  4. I totally agree two things that are extremely annoying are those who think they have to destroy our neighbourhood with grafitti and those hoons who use Dunnings and Hackets road as their own private speedways. I have been trying to discuss a neighbourhood watch in point cook and have send numerous emails and even had discussions with local police on how to set this up for our area. Until now unsucessful. Maybe this is something for your future meetings as a topic…..

  5. Tony Hooper says:

    G’day Jerome

    PCAG is certainly looking into a Community Watch program of some sort (most likely Neighbourhood watch). So definately watch this space.