Graffiti and crime

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.

Graffiti along a train line in Melbourne

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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