Metro Trains urged to crack down on graffiti on Melbourne’s trains

 

News article: Metro Trains urged to crack down on graffiti on Melbourne’s trains

VICTORIANS are increasingly forced to travel in graffiti-laden trains, as brazen vandals treat Melbourne’s public transport system as a canvas.

  mm42 Chief Train Controller

VICTORIANS are increasingly forced to travel in graffiti-laden trains, as brazen vandals treat Melbourne’s public transport system as a canvas.

Vandalism on the Metro network has risen in the last year, with unsightly tagging scrawled on carriage walls and floors, and hoodlum insignia carved into windows.

Now the Public Transport Users Association is calling on Metro to clean up its act, despite commuter satisfaction being at record highs.

Reports of graffiti on the inside and outside of trains have risen to 462 cases in 2013-14 — up 50 from the previous year.

In just one week a frustrated commuter took pictures of every dirty carriage he rode on, with many coated in fresh tagging and stained with juvenile graffiti residue.
Metro Trains urged to crack down on graffiti on Melbourne’s trains


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The fine of $289 is laughable, and could be considered a cheap "fun" tax for anyone that gets caught.  Most other forms of entertainment are much more expensive, eg $100+ to see a live concert, and 100% chance of paying, compared with $289 for graffiti and perhaps a 1% chance of having to pay. The only other costs are some paint and a myki.

To take this seriously, applying graffiti on railway property should be made of a status similar to a criminal offence.  There should be limitations on carrying spray cans of paint and other forms of marking, for example requiring a licence to carry such items (little different from the forms required for photography on rail property). This would allow officers to search for such items in the personal belongings of suspects.  For those trespassing on railway land to apply graffiti, there would be protocols that allow police and PSOs to shoot under certain circumstances. If graffiti is elevated in its offence status, such protocols could be used to deter offenders.

Metro's own on-train advertising could be used to greater effect to encourage fellow passengers to report offences while in the act, but there needs to be a much more effective method of reporting.  The article says fellow passengers should press the red button. This would be rather obvious to an offender and could lead to the passenger being threatened.  It would be much better if passengers were asked through on-train advertising to ring 000 (or a Metro-specific number) and quote the carriage number.  Someone talking on a telephone would not be out of the ordinary to the offender, so there is much less risk of being threatened.  The Metro control room should have CCTV of all carriages on the network and then be able to see the offender, and have authorised officers or PSO's ready for them at the next station.

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  X Class Junior Train Controller

Agreed.  The amount of money that these vandals spend to carry out this unwelcome practice often goes into the thousands over a year.  A $289 fine?  Spare change for a vandal.  If caught,  they should be fined tens of thousands of dollars and made to spend their weekend time (over the course of a year) removing graffiti from railcars and urban streetscapes.  Enough is enough.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I second that. The fines are far too low to deter this kind of activity.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Somewhat relevant. Last night a youth was badly burnt in Brisbane after entering a rail
Yard and climbing on a carriage with the intent to spray paint.

He touched the overhead and is now in hospital with burns to 90% of his body.
  wxtre Chief Train Controller

Somewhat relevant. Last night a youth was badly burnt in Brisbane after entering a rail
Yard and climbing on a carriage with the intent to spray paint.

He touched the overhead and is now in hospital with burns to 90% of his body.
freightgate

The news is now reporting he died in hospital from his injuries later.
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

The news is now reporting he died in hospital from his injuries later.
wxtre

Sad that (not)
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Sad that (not)
theanimal

You a bit of animal mate?

............and you're just soooooo tough Laughing
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Unfortunate for the Brisbane person. On topic though, if caught, maybe a public flogging might be a good deterrent? The namby's might have a problem with this though!
  g00r Locomotive Fireman

Unfortunate for the Brisbane person. On topic though, if caught, maybe a public flogging might be a good deterrent? The namby's might have a problem with this though!
Bullucked


I think full thickness burns to 90% of the body,  having a mate watch and then dying is far more severe than a public flogging.

But do you really expect graffiti in Brisbane to dwindle now?

The punishment has to fit the crime.  You spray paint it?

You pay for the
- railside awareness course,
- your own PPE
- chemicals and tools needed to clean the train and
you pay for the supervisor's time to watch over you as you put in some serious elbow grease
  wxtre Chief Train Controller

if caught, maybe a public flogging might be a good deterrent?
Bullucked

We are not living in Saudi Arabia.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
But do you really expect graffiti in Brisbane to dwindle now?
g00r

There's a graffiti scene that's promoted heavily on social media and they actively promote more and more risky behaviour in order to get their 'work' out there. The death of a participant here in Melbourne earlier this year elevated that individual's status to that of a martyr - you'll never stem the flow of these people because it's a significant cultural force in its own right despite the fact that most people see it as wanton vandalism designed to disrupt the proper operation of the train system.

I blame unemployment and lack of education for these problems.

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