TOUGHER laws for graffiti offences will outlaw the carrying of marker pens and etching implements in New South Wales in some instances, the State Government says.
The laws, which come into effect today, follow last month’s Government announcement that graffiti crime was escalating and costing NSW more than $100 million a year.
The package of laws will help tackle the proliferation of graffiti, NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos said.
“The community has had enough of having to repair damage left behind by this senseless crime,” Mr Hatzistergos said.
The legislation makes it illegal to possess implements with the intention of using them to damage or deface premises or property, a law previously applicable only to spray paint cans.
Fair Trading representatives and police officers will also be able to issue on-the-spot fines to retailers who fail to properly secure spray paint cans.
Damaging or defacing property carries a fine of $2200 or six months jail, while possessing an instrument suspected of being used to graffiti property attracts a fine of $1100 or three months jail.