Wilful damage (graffiti) charges, Brisbane City

Officers from the Taskforce Against Graffiti (TAG) have charged three men with a total of 1892 offences following investigations into a number of graffiti offences committed throughout Brisbane and surrounds.

It will be alleged that the offences date as far back as 2009.

A 26-year-old man from Carina Heights was charged with 811 offences and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 30, 2016.

A 24-year-old man from Zillmere was charged with 826 offences and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on February 15, 2016.

A 30-year-old man from Albion was charged with 255 offences and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 3, 2016.

Taskforce Against Graffiti (TAG) commenced in October 2008, and is a joint initiative between the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Brisbane City Council (BCC) to address the issue of graffiti in and around the Brisbane area.

The Taskforce consists of experienced investigators and intelligence officers from the QPS and BCC who work collaboratively to identify, locate and arrest Graffiti offenders.

Detective Inspector Glen Farmer, City Valley Crime Group, said TAG has been extremely effective in reducing and preventing graffiti across Brisbane.

“The success of TAG can be attributed to the strong partnership between the QPS and BCC. This collaborative approach of sharing of information has allowed police to target graffiti offences more effectively.

“Graffiti is a highly visible crime and one that will not be tolerated. The willingness of the community to work with police by providing information on offences has also greatly contributed to the success of TAG.

“Members of the public can report any incident of vandalism or graffiti anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Detective Inspector Farmer said.

Police would like to remind the public that graffiti vandals will be charged with wilful damage, and those convicted could face up to five years imprisonment.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or 24hrs a day.

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