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It's broad daylight in Killara on Sydney's north shore and a young bloke has his t-shirt tied over his head.
In one hand, he's holding a mobile phone, filming his handy work that will contribute to a $30 million burden on the taxpayer and a headache for commuters.
In the other, the can of spray paint he unleashes on a train carriage in the few seconds it's pulled up at Killara Station.
Footage shows a young male with a t-shirt over his head and a spay can in hand. (9News)
It's around 6.15pm on a Saturday and passengers captured his crime and his swift escape into nearby parkland on their own phones.
While this bloke made his dash without injury, others haven't been so lucky.
In the last four years, eight people have died trespassing in the NSW rail corridor, and countless others have been injured.
The male was filmed escaping into parkland. (9News)Sydney Trains acting chief executive Stewart Mills says graffiti is a massive problem and staff are forced to clean the equivalent of 40 football fields each year.
"It's an enormous cost and a burden," Mr Mills said.
"These people are not artists, they are criminals.
"A social media 'like' is not worth your life."
Graffiti costs the taxpayer up to $30 million a year. (9News)Mr Mills said the cost to the community was enormous: a $30 million annual clean-up bill and disruptions for passengers as trains have to be taken out of service to have the graffiti removed.
Graffiti on trains is generally removed within 72 hours – if it's offensive, the carriage is taken out of service immediately.
But with 24,000 cameras on trains and at stations, authorities say it's only a matter of time before these criminals are caught.
Graffiti on trains is generally removed within 72 hours. (9News)Superintendent Michael Rochester from the Police Transport Command said a 400-tonne train travelling at speeds of up to 100kmph will kill or maim.
"(There's) a combination of tagging and murals on both trains and the tunnels and rail property which obviously presents a fairly significant danger to the persons doing the graffiti," he said.
"Trains are fairly quiet today and there is a significant danger of being struck by the train."
The penalty for graffiti is up to five years' in jail as well as fines of up to $2200.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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