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WA Government’s response to graffiti vandalism project recognised for evidence-based strategy

Media release

19 October 2017

The Western Australian Government’s response to Graffiti vandalism project today received a silver award in the police-led category of the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
Deputy Commissioner, Stephen Brown, said the Tough on Graffiti Strategy 2011–17 has contributed to a significant reduction of 55% in graffiti crime across the state of Western Australia over the last eight years.

“Unlike many other crimes, graffiti has multiple victims, not only the owners of infrastructure, but also the broader community,” said Deputy Commissioner Brown.

“Graffiti adversely impacts many people across the state and adversely impacts their perception of community cohesion and social order.

“In Western Australia the marked reduction in graffiti can be largely attributed to the efforts of the State Graffiti Task Force.

“The State Graffiti Task Force has leveraged the evidence-base of what really works to reduce graffiti crime, and drawn on the diversity of its membership to advance legislation, policy and crime prevention strategies to greatest effect.

“We are honoured to receive an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award this year, and I am very proud to accept the award on behalf of the many who have contributed to our overall success. My congratulations go out to all who took part and to all other award recipients this year.”

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

“The ACVPAs have recognised this project for its well-founded and evidence-based graffiti removal strategy—it has achieved a marked and non-displaced reduction in graffiti offences, improvements in offence clear-up rates, and a reduction in the number of active offenders,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Nicole Rose PSM.

All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the acting AIC Director.

Western Australian Police Commissioner, Chris Dawson APM, said the Graffiti Task Force has been a great initiative to reduce graffiti crime across Western Australia, congratulating all involved.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

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