Graffiti vandalism is conservatively estimated to cost WA taxpayers over $25 million per year. Research has identified graffiti as the second greatest concern to the wider community and the presence of graffiti adversely affects public perceptions of safety. Graffiti offending is a gateway crime and recidivist offenders regularly engage in other criminal behaviour.
The State Graffiti Taskforce is committed to reducing graffiti vandalism through The Graffiti Vandalism Strategy Western Australia 2019 – 2021.
You can assist in keeping the community free from graffiti vandalism.
Name the vandal
- If you know a graffiti vandal, you can report them anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Rewards are payable.
Report & Remove Graffiti
- Clean up incidents of graffiti vandalism and notify police using the online form that the incident has occurred. Many local governments offer a free graffiti removal service or expert advice. Anyone can report acts of graffiti vandalism against public assets, community facilities or private property.
- In the event of significant graffiti damage (racist/obscene) or suspicious activity including an incident in progress, you are urged to contact police immediately on 131444.
- Rapid graffiti removal is seen as best-practice in graffiti reduction as it reduces the level of recognition and reward sought by vandals. Prompt removal also prevents assets from appearing uncared for.
The WA Police Force undertakes graffiti investigations, also focusing on community (and student) education. Designing out Crime is a crime prevention strategy which aims to reduce opportunities for crime through innovative design and management of the built and landscaped environment.