Crime statistics shed light on Wagga's graffiti epidemic

EPIDEMIC: NSW crime statistics revealed that Wagga's rate of malicious damage to property offences was almost double the state average last year. Picture: Addison Hamilton
EPIDEMIC: NSW crime statistics revealed that Wagga's rate of malicious damage to property offences was almost double the state average last year. Picture: Addison Hamilton

NSW crime statistics have revealed Wagga’s graffiti-related incidents were among the state’s worst last year.

With 1409 incidents of malicious damage to property per 100,000 residents, Wagga’s rate of reported offences was almost double the state average.

The 12 months to September saw 903 reported incidents of malicious damage to property across Wagga.

Those numbers placed Wagga at number 18 out of 132 local government areas for this type of crime.

In 2016, three quarters of offenders were male, with 32 per cent aged 10-17 and 34 per cent aged 18-29.

In previous years, reported malicious damage to property offences have spiked during January and February before stabilising again in March.

Contrary to popular belief, the most common time of day for offences was 12 to 6pm – during broad daylight.

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