Vandals target Police Beat
THE crime fighters themselves have been unable to escape the victimisation of vandals.
The Police Beat, "Proud to serve you" sign on the Bundaberg Police CBD Shopfront has been graffitied.
Bundaberg Police Sergeant Steve Bardini said the act could land the tagger in prison.
"The offender is liable to imprisonment for five years," Sgt Bardini said.
He said the graffiti would either have to be painted over, or scrubbed off.
"It obviously diverts resources from what we should be doing," he said.
Sgt Bardini said the police would have to engage contractors to repair the damaged sign.
"The money could be better spent in other priority areas," he said.
Bundaberg Regional Council Health and Regulatory Services spokesperson Wayne Honor agreed.
"Council undertakes the removal of graffiti throughout the region in some form every day," Cr Honor said.
He said, depending on the type and amount of paint or pen used to graffiti, the method of removal differed.
"It may require technical cleaning, high-pressure water or we may even just paint over it," Cr Honor said.
The Health and Regulatory Services spokesman said the council had been investigating numerous ways to tackle graffiti in the Bundaberg region.
He said the council wanted to raise awareness of graffiti among the community, businesses and young people.
Sgt Bardini agreed and said the community could play an important role in catching the criminals.
"Contact police straight away, we can investigate the matter - all information is helpful," Sgt Bardini said.
Bundaberg Regional Council yesterday announced they will be launching a State Government initiative called GraffitiSTOP at the end of this month.
Cr Honor said a number of measures to assist in minimising graffiti in the Bundaberg region would be announced.
"This is a community concern and the Council needs residents to be the eyes and the ears in the battle against graffiti," Cr Honor said.
To report graffiti contact GraffitiSTOP on 1300 Graffiti (1300 472 334) or Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111.
For more information on GraffitiSTOP, click here.