NSW Police Enlist Dogs To Help Track Graffiti Vandals

A pack of crime-fighting canines have become the state government’s latest weapon in the battle against graffiti scourge on Sydney’s trains.

The highly skilled pooches have been involved in ongoing blitzes against vandals, who cost taxpayers more than $30 million a year in damage to stations, railway yards and carriages.

The four-legged sleuths have recently assisted in two arrests for graffiti-related offences, at Granville and Sydenham stations, as well as sniffing out more than 1200 cans of spray paint used for illegal graffiti.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance met some of the graffiti dogs yesterday at the Eveleigh Maintenance Centre near Redfern to acknowledge their efforts in driving down vandalism across the network.

“These seven dogs are an integral part of the blitzes that target hot spots for trains to be attacked by vandals, including at stations, maintenance centres and stabling yards,” Mr Constance said.

Earlier this year motion-activated cameras were introduced to catch anyone illegally trespassing on train tracks or breaking into fenced-off areas of the rail network. These cameras have already led to six arrests.

Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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