A 27-year-old Bonython man was arrested overnight for spraying graffiti on a number of businesses in the City area.
About 12.15am this morning (Friday, August 9), a member in Police Operations observed a man on CCTV writing graffiti on a store on Bunda Street.
Members from City Police Station were radioed about the incident while the Operations member continued to watch the man on CCTV, providing attending police with his exact location.
The man was arrested and transported to the ACT Watch House. He was released a short time later when his identity was confirmed. He will be summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
North District Superintendent Brett Kidner said the CCTV cameras are a valuable tool in the fight against crime in the CBD.
“With ACT Policing Operations members monitoring the CCTV cameras throughout the city, our chances of apprehending offenders in a timely fashion is greatly increased. This incident is a perfect example of the benefits this technology offers,” Superintendent Kidner said.
“These cameras are a great investment for one of Canberra’s most densely populated areas, both in a residential and commercial sense. This matter should act as a deterrent to others who might consider committing criminal offences in Civic”.