City bus taggers targeted

Vandals who tag Christchurch buses will be photographed and referred to the police.

Environment Canterbury (ECan), the Christchurch City Council and the police have joined forces for a month-long scheme to target tagging on the city's buses.

ECan passenger services manager David Stenhouse said graffiti was a big problem for bus operators, who spent $280,000 a year on window repairs.

He said surveillance cameras would be placed on all Orbiter buses and 25 other vehicles on three routes to record damage. Footage would then be sent to the police, with stickers placed on each window indicating the evidence had been passed on.

Safe-city officers and undercover police would be on the buses, with a particular focus on the area around The Palms mall in Shirley.

Stenhouse said the council was making a list of tags and identifying their creators so those caught could be charged with more than one offence.

The initiative will run for two weeks of the school term and two weeks of the school holidays, this month and next.

People can ring 0800 VANDAL to report damage.

The Press