Police follow up new lead on vandalism spree
A POTENTIALLY crucial lead may have emerged after The Daily Examiner published its Wednesday (July 22) story regarding the Sunday night graffiti-vandalism spree.
Quakers Hill Local Area Command Detective Inspector Brett Guyatt said after he saw the article online he saw some similarities between the tags in Grafton and some done in the Quakers Hill area in 2012.
"However, besides the names being the same, we need that extra link between Quakers Hill and Grafton," Det. Insp. Guyatt said.
Det. Insp. Guyatt said if anyone knew of anyone who was visiting or had connections to Quakers Hill in Sydney to pass on the information to the Quakers Hill Local Area Command on 9678 8999.
The connection was made after Vandal Trak founder Anthony Krkac saw The Daily Examiner's online article and informed the Quakers Hill Local Area Command.
Vandal Trak is a smartphone app that lets users take photos of graffiti and build up a database.
Councils and police can use the database to determine patterns and identify vandals.
"Vandal Trak is a huge benefit," Det Insp Guyatt said.
"We had about 30 young people charged or conference about graffiti incidents."
Mr Krkac said if the Grafton vandal did come from Quakers Hill, that was a large distance to travel.
"But that's not the fist person who has shown up a great distance from two tags," Mr Krkac said.
He said the app had helped catch and conference hundreds of vandals since 2006.
"We've got kids roaming the streets unchallenged and having the opportunity to commit other crimes," Mr Krkac said.
"Some of them who have been caught have not acted on their urges again.
"But it all comes down to having them caught in the first place."