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Graffiti and vandalism are perennial problems, which despite best efforts and significant expenditure on Closed Circuit Television, rarely produce the desired results.
Just recently, reports have emerged of a local Town Centre scheme which caught two graffiti artists in the act, but is this use of a £ 350k TC system an appropriate way to employ tax and ratepayers money?
Having addressed these subjects on a number of occasions, Doktor Jon would like to offer the following thoughts on the subject.
Intelligence suggests that the problems associated with graffiti and vandalism are generally attributable to very few individuals, often aged between 11 and 30, and somewhat surprisingly, from a whole range of social backgrounds.
One suggestion which might be worth considering is the adoption of a neighbourhood based Tagbuster© scheme.
In brief, the idea revolves around a 'branded' campaign designed to deter offendors from tagging in the first place.
It is envisaged that any scheme would ideally require a multi agency approach, with the Local Authority providing support:-
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