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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (27 September) . . Page.. 2852..


(1) No SAAP accommodation places were lost as a result of the 2006/07 Budget. Savings were made in the areas of administration and duplication. Changes to service models were implemented in some services to better reflect contemporary service delivery and this resulted in some changes to the nature of supports provided.

(2) As above.

Graffiti

(Question No 1647)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 22 August 2007 (redirected to the Attorney General):

(1) What are the policing steps currently being taken with regard to graffiti in the ACT;

(2) How many cases of graffiti reports increased or decreased over the last five years;

(3) How many perpetrators were apprehended in 2006;

(4) In comparison to the number of reports of graffiti over the last five years, has the number of apprehensions increased or decreased over the same period;

(5) What punishments are handed down to offenders and are offenders required to reimburse the cost of the case.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Policing continues to work together with agencies and programs such as the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services, the Police Citizens Youth Club and RecLink to combat graffiti. Programs include the Graffiti Program aimed at educating youth on their legal responsibilities and avenues to legally express their art form. Youths "at risk"identified as potential graffiti offenders are being helped and funded to attend vocational courses as part of the Reclink Program.

ACT Policing Crime Prevention Team has made available to businesses a booklet, encouraging environmental designing of businesses to minimise the potential for criminal activity including graffiti. Information is also available to the community on the AFP website.

At PCYC Blue Light Dance parties, proactive crime prevention messages including reference to graffiti are displayed on a giant video screen.

Greater police numbers undertaking increased proactive patrols under the Suburban Police Strategy also support these efforts, as do the strong relationships between ACT Policing and both Neighbourhood Watch and Safety House programs.

(2) Offences increased between 2002 and 2006, as follows:

2002:

85

2003:

72

2004:

138

2005:

125

2006:

186


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