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Spatial research challenges anti-graffiti policies

With an average of $200 million annually spent on graffiti removal nationwide, vandalism is an expensive problem diverting money from more pressing community needs.

But what if that cost could be reduced, and the overall quality of street art improved? Recent GIS research reveals there are alternatives to zero tolerance and rapid removal.

GIS technology was utilised to source and analyse data in Surry Hills over a six-month period, and the findings propose councils consider new methods to combat graffiti problems.

There was also evidence to suggest by allocating walls and traffic signal boxes to street art, the amount of amateur tagging could be reduced.

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