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Report an incident

  • For any incident requiring urgent police attendance (life threatening) call 000.
  • For police attendance for all other matters call 131 444 – this is the Police Communications Centre, and you will get a priority response.

To make a general comment or suggestion you can also fill out and return an incident reporting sheet.

This sheet is not to take the place of reporting a crime or an offence to the police. It is designed to let police know of any trouble spots, for example cars doing burn-outs or driving over parks, vandalism, graffiti, possible break-ins (home or vehicle), strange or unusual behaviour in your area.

Download and complete the community safety incident reporting sheet.

Report graffiti

To report graffiti on a public building complete a request using our eservices graffiti form. If you need advice on how to use the form please call 1300 693 736. 

  • Graffiti is a criminal offence and can result in a criminal record, fines and/or penalties.
  • Graffiti costs are paid by everyone in our community in some way.
  • If you witness someone doing graffiti, you can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Graffiti removal

On Saturday 1 July 2023 the City of Fremantle ceased undertaking the removal of general graffiti from private properties, both commercial and residential. Members of the public are encouraged to report private graffiti to the police through the Goodbye Graffiti, where further information and tools around the prevention and removal graffiti can be found.

  • The City of Fremantle will remove graffiti on public buildings that is visible from a public road or public open space.
  • The City is unable to remove graffiti from non-city assets and assets belonging to external services such as Main Roads, Western Power, Telstra or NBN.
  • The removal of offensive graffiti–that is graffiti that is of a rude or racial nature–is given priority.
  • Generally, graffiti can be removed within two working days of being reported.
  • The City has chemicals to remove graffiti, but this does not always remove the graffiti in its entirety. These chemicals can only be used on certain surfaces (bare brick, limestone, glass etc), therefore repainting is generally a better option.

Revised graffiti procedure FAQs

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What is the revised procedure and why was it implemented?

The revised procedure focuses the City’s graffiti clean–up priorities on offensive graffiti and tags. The major new feature of the procedure is that the City is now able to decide about unauthorised works as to whether and/or when it will be removed.

Will ‘tags’ still be removed?

Graffiti known commonly as ‘tags’ or ‘tagging’ on public property will be removed immediately upon its discovery by City officers or when reported to the City by the community.

Does this mean I can now go and choose a wall in the City to do some art?

No. If you are found by the police to mark a property in the City then they will charge you with an offence.

What if I want to do an artwork on a City wall?

You need to go through a mural application process. The City’s public art officer can assist you with this application. Alternatively, the City has an urban art program and if you would like to get involved contact the City’s youth officer on 08 9432 9874.

Are there locations in Fremantle where I can do graffiti without getting arrested?

There are no sites in the City where you do not run the risk of getting arrested for graffiti. Unauthorised art or marking a wall without permission was, and continues to be, a criminal offence.

What if I get arrested by the police for doing graffiti and you like my graffiti, so you keep it?

The act of marking a wall is an offence no matter how good your work is. If you are caught doing unauthorised artwork you can be arrested and charged. This is a police matter.