Bus team nabs tagger

TransLink has taken the credit for the arrest of a graffiti artist believed to be responsible for $10,000 damage

Bus team nabs tagger
Bus team nabs tagger

February 8, 2012

TransLink’s Busway Safety team helped catch an offender responsible for thousands of dollars’ worth of damage across Brisbane.

TransLink Acting CEO Matt Longland says the team’s work resulted in the prosecution of serial graffiti offender, Mark McDonald, 18, of Annerley, also known by the tag ‘Salid’.

McDonald was sentenced in February to 12 months community service for committing more than 100 offences throughout Brisbane.

"Two members of TransLink’s busway safety team worked in conjunction with Queensland Police Services to help identify and prosecute an offender responsible for more than $10,000 worth of damage around Brisbane," Longland says.

After noticing suspicious activities on the South East busway near Greenslopes late last year, Longland says Busway Safety Officers undertook heightened surveillance of the area, monitoring the site using remote CCTV cameras and completing patrol drive-bys.

"Following careful monitoring of the site, the two officers approached the offender who then fled the scene leaving behind spray cans and other forms of identification," he says.

"Police were called and collected evidence which was able to link the offender to a series of offences committed throughout Brisbane over a two year period."

Longland says the arrest was a timely reminder that anti-social behaviour of any sort would not be tolerated on public transport.

"People should think twice before acting up on public transport," he says.

"Those who play up will be caught, as we have about 7,600 CCTV cameras positioned right across the public transport network and more than 650 of those are on our busways.

"People can feel safe on public transport, as there is more staff out on force than ever before with 33 Senior Network Officers, Transit Ticketing Officers, plain clothes and rail squad police, security and station staff who all regularly patrol the network."

Longland says more than 30 Busway Safety Officers monitor Brisbane’s busways 24 hours every day of the year.

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