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Vandalism in Launceston

posted on 2023-05-25, 05:28 authored by Rosmarie WinterRosmarie Winter, Ronald FreyRonald Frey, Ronald MasonRonald Mason, Kaylene Bentley
Policy makers and researchers describe vandalism as a ‘wicked’ problem, meaning a social problem which seems to be resistant to solutions. Some other examples of this type of problem might be family violence and climate change. In this report, researchers from the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies have responded to the City of Launceston’s interest in curbing vandalism, with a focus on seven suburbs in the broader local government area. The purpose of this report is to better understand the prevalence of vandalism; to better understand the theoretical approaches to vandalism and to explore potential strategies for responding to vandalism. A multi-method approach was adopted which included a quantitative analysis of data provided by Tasmania Police and Council; a wide-ranging literature review; and a collation of interventions for vandalism, mostly at the local government level.


Launceston City Council


Commissioning body

Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and City of Launceston




School of Social Sciences


Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and City of Launceston

Place of publication

Tasmania, Australia

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Crime prevention; Expanding knowledge in human society