Graffiti and crime

July 26, 2017 Moira Harbour No comments exist

Graffiti is a visible form of crime and considered a sign of social decline, representing a threat to safety and quality of life.

Graffiti at Beach St.in Frankston

Graffiti is a visible form of crime and considered a sign of social decline, representing a threat to
safety and quality of life (Morgan & Louis, 2009; Lorenc et al., 2013.) Controlling and removing graffiti in Australia costs $1.5 billion annually (Morgan and Louis, 2009.) This cost is expected to be borne by local councils along the Frankston line, creating further stress to residents. Railway bridges also attract anti-social behaviour such as dumping, drug use and loitering due to reduced lighting and limited surveillance. This impacts community safety and liveability. Under-road stations are easier to illuminate and monitor and are less appealing for anti-social behaviour.

 Elevated rail bridges and pylons would likely attract graffiti because they are prominent, visible, easy to reach and may have limited surveillance.
• Railway bridges may attract other antisocial behaviour such as dumping, drug use and loitering due to reduced lighting and limited surveillance.
• Fear for safety impacts mental health, outdoor exercise and community access and engagement.

• Reduced community participation is linked to obesity, mental illness, cardiovascular and respiratory disease and diabetes.

Rail under road options require patrolled, well lit stations and therefore limit areas for antisocial behaviour.
Rail under road options maintain social inclusion, walk-ability and amenity.

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