Crimestoppers recongises community unsung heroes
Posted on Friday, 14 October, 2011
Recently I attended Crimestoppers Queensland 2011 Annual Awards ceremony.
As Chairman of Council’s Field Services Committee I oversee a range of issues – click here to view my Chair responsibilities in a nutshell – including overseeing citywide maintenance and management of graffiti. Crimestoppers provide Council a channel for residents to anonymously report crime with information supplied to the nearest police establishment for further investigation and action.
Together, Council and Crimestoppers Queensland developed and launched the ‘Tag them Back’ campaign which strives to encourage residents to report known or suspected taggers/graffiti offenders anonymously through to Crimestoppers, educate the community that Brisbane has zero tolerance for crime and graffiti/tagging is a crime against the community.
Graffiti is not a victimless crime with Council spending $3.6 million last year alone on preventing, educating and removing graffiti. This money would be better spent on upgrades of new and to existing parks, bikeways, roads and other key infrastructure needs.
Given the relationship between Council and Crimestoppers on tackling graffiti in Brisbane, it was an honour to attend this event and assist in recognizing our many unsung volunteers in the community.
You can report incidents of graffiti to Council on 3403 8888 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.