Writing on the wall for graffiti vandals

Graffiti busting kits will be available for any residents who wish to remove unsightly scribble from their properties, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca said Hume had recently received a new batch of cleaning materials so that residents could wash away the work of vandals.

“These kits contain the items that residents need to restore the surface of their walls, fences and roller doors, and we’re offering them completely free of charge,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Hume City Council has a zero tolerance approach to graffiti because it is ugly and can spoil the appearance of a neighbourhood.

“We want to help residents to scrub away the tags and other spray-painted scrawl that makes many people feel frustrated and, at times, unsafe.

“It’s vital that residents possess the ability to remove graffiti quickly, so that offenders are not satisfied by their vandalism and realise it is a waste of time to offend again.”

Hume City Council offers two different graffiti removal kits, with one suitable for painted or perspex surfaces and another that can be applied to brick, stone and masonry facades.

The packs include cleaning liquids and cloths or paint brushes, as well as safety goggles and gloves.

Cr Atmaca said the kits were available to anyone faced with graffiti who owned property in Hume, as well as tenants of rental properties located within the municipality.

“These graffiti busting packs have been tailored for residents with a small amount of graffiti on their property, and they include instructions,” he said.

“If residents discover a large volume of graffiti on their property, or notice graffiti on any Council property, I encourage them to report the details to us on 1300 HUME CLEAN, so that we can remove the scrawl with the assistance of our dedicated volunteers.

“If the graffiti is on some other type of public property, like a post box or a railway station, residents can visit here to find out the contact details for the authority which is responsible for the public area or utility.”

Hume officers regularly remove graffiti from Council’s buildings, parks, public toilets, benches, bins, playgrounds, bike paths, sculptures and signs.

In recent weeks, officers have undertaken a maintenance blitz in parts of Broadmeadows and Sunbury West, and will soon complete a week-long clean of Council-owned areas in Roxburgh Park.

Cr Atmaca said there was a number of ways that residents could help to reduce the risk of graffiti on their private property.

“Vandals tend to shy away from areas that are well-lit, so the use of sensor lights can be a big help,” he said.

“You can grow plants in front of large walls to make it harder for vandals to access surfaces, or apply an anti-graffiti paint which is difficult to scribble on and easier to clean.

“Also, lock away rubbish bins and BBQs so that offenders can’t use them to climb up a wall.”

Anyone who has information about a graffiti offender should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Hume residents and businesses can obtain a graffiti removal kit at Council’s customer service centres, or by calling 03 9205 2200.

Updated : 4:34 PM, 10 June 2015

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