Community groups' efforts cut tagging
At its March meeting the Timaru District Council Safer Communities Committee reported only 19 tags had been recorded, down from 36 three months before.
Committee project manager Jane Cullimore said the work was carried out along with Neighbourhood Support and Community Watch and Timaru Police Senior Constable Bill Phiskie.
"We still continue to monitor tagging in the district. Community Watch have carried out an audit of Timaru resulting in 19 incidents of tagging being recorded. I think 19 tags, some very minor, is something to be proud of.
"The secret is all the community groups working together. We do still get tagged but they are very quickly cleaned up.
"Tagging is just another form of vandalism and as a community we are being intolerant of it and reporting it and cleaning it up."
Mr Phiskie said he was thrilled with the result. "The community and the council have taken ownership of the problem.
"I did notice two of the tags had a Christchurch tinge to them which could be a result of [Christchurch] residents staying in the region after the quake.
"Community watch volunteers do a great job locating it and from there Correction workers clean it up."