Graffiti spree footage online
A Christchurch man has put security footage of taggers on YouTube in the hope someone might be able to identify them.
Shirley resident Gary Durey did not set out to film taggers in the act, but when the footage was captured by his home security system's cameras, he decided it was worth publicising.
Click here to watch the tagging footage.
"It's better than doing nothing. It would be nice if some of them were caught," he said.
Tagging had steadily increased in his neighbourhood, with power poles being popular targets because they were never cleaned, Durey said. But it reached new levels when a public utility box was installed outside his home.
"It's been a magnet for taggers. It's a nice white surface and it's big. It stands out."
He has called the Christchurch City Council's free graffiti cleaning service three times in the past two months.
He has also cleaned up the graffiti twice.
Durey said he had spoken to a tagger he caught in the act.
"He hasn't been tagging in this area since I've spoken to him. I don't know if he's tagging in other areas."
Durey said his neighbours had also been hit by taggers, with one neighbour regularly calling the council to clean graffiti off a fence. Others simply leave the graffiti.
Durey felt regulating spray-paint sales was not enough to deter taggers.
"They can simply get a can of spray paint from their dad's garage."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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