About six months ago, I discovered that not all government agencies report graffiti in the same way. Schools appear to report almost all graffiti, but I am not sure about other arms of government. I wrote last week to the Minister for Energy, Ian Macdonald, to ask him about how Energy Australia goes about reporting graffiti to the Police.
My concern is that if they aren't reporting it, then we don't have a complete picture of graffiti on public assets. If Police arrest and charge a culprit, they may charge them with only a tiny percentage of the offences that they have actually committed, because lazy authorities have not provided the Police with a complete picture of their graffiti situation.
Once I get a response from Ian Macdonald, I am going to ask some other ministers about how the agencies in their portfolios go about reporting graffiti. I made sure in this instance to list most of the reports that I have made, and then asked for a COPS event number for each instance. If Energy Australia have a COPS event number, then it's been reported properly. If they don't........
6 March 2009The Hon. Ian MacdonaldMinister for Primary Industries, Minister for Energy, Minister for Mineral Resources, Minister for State DevelopmentLevel 33Governor Macquarie Tower1 Farrer PlaceSYDNEY NSW 2000Dear Mr MacdonaldEnergy Australia – graffiti reporting policyAs you may be aware the Attorney General’s Department runs an Anti-graffiti action team, of which Energy Australia is a member.It has come to my attention that not all government authorities are reporting graffiti to the Police, even though this is strongly recommended by the Attorney General’s Department, and is plain common sense.I have reported a number of instances of graffiti to Energy Australia over the past 9 months. I want to be assured that as well as removing the graffiti, Energy Australia are reporting each incident to the Police for recording in the COPS database.I have attached a list of Energy Australia case numbers, each referring to a report of graffiti that I have made to Energy Australia via telephone. In all cases, the graffiti has been removed. However, what I want to see is the COPS Event Number for each case, and the date each report to the Police was made.Please arrange for Energy Australia to provide this information to me.If Energy Australia has not been reporting graffiti to the Police, then I would like you to explain how a failure to report fits in with the government’s anti-graffiti stance.Yours sincerelyKiosk Energy Australia reference numberk2051 REF 5000640833219 REF 5000640842829 REF 5000640853599 REF 500064086K1573 REF 5000640874854 REF 500064088500628855006288650062887500628885006288950062890500628925006289350062894500628965006289750005933950005875450005875550005855950005836950005839650003897500038985000583485000583735000583470500058371500058372Substation 3219 Ref 500058614Substation k2051 Ref 500058615Substation cp228 Ref 500058616Substation at manning & springside Ref 500058617Substation 4082 Ref 500058618Substation 2178 Ref 500058619Substation at Barnstaple & Trevanion Ref 500058630