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Research brief: graffiti and vandalism on public transport

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 6

Paul Wilson and Patricia Healy
ISBN 0 642 11868 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 1987


The Australian Institute of Criminology was commissioned by the State Rail Authority of NSW to research the causes of graffiti and vandalism, and to develop specific policies for the prevention or containment of these crimes in the transportation system. This brief summarises the key findings. It includes a categorisation of vandalism offences and a brief summary of the costs of both crimes. Its policy recommendations relate to: fast repair of vandalism and graffiti removal, community measures, information systems, and deterrent measures.