The last session of the City Assembly in this session brings, inter alia, the decision to protect the graffiti. It is, in fact, a part of the recent decision to renew the renovation of the facades of the multi-storey buildings, given that city representatives warned Mayor Milan Bandic that it is not sensible to edit facades without prior protection (and subsequently) from vandal-proof graffiti.
The City of Zagreb has long been fighting for vandalism, mostly unsuccessful. Graffiti is more and almost no building in Zagreb is safe from them. They did not help many surveillance cameras set up around the city.
Bandic's opponents complained to him that he did not even try to influence state authorities, both earlier SDPs and the current HDZs, in order to change the law, in the form of more stringent punishments for vandalizing graffiti and in giving greater authority to municipal officials. Ordinarily, nowadays, they have no right to either keep the perpetrator or legitimize it. So if graffiti gets caught in the part - they are virtually helpless.
The decision to be taken at the session of the Assembly next Wednesday could improve slightly, but not much, since it claims to be guilty, inadequate, hollow and deficient.
A city decision, that is, a proposal with which mayor Milan Bandic going to the upcoming session of the Assembly brings three key elements in the fight against vandalism - removing existing graffiti, applying a protective antigraphic coating and setting up a video recorder.
But in the story there will have to be a citizen as well, since the graffiti will only be protected by buildings whose co-owners consent to it, which means the costs for them as well, because the City will only co-finance them (a bigger part of the cost of protection).
With 80 percent of the city, the city will co-finance graffiti removal with 60 percent coating, with 80 percent acquisition of camera and other equipment for street protection and with 60 percent acquisition of camera and equipment for other facades.
HSLS Assembly Representative and Safety Expert, Alen Ostojić, although it generally welcomes the step forward in the fight against vandalism, according to Bandic's proposal is quite critical, for several reasons. Firstly, because in the proposal of this decision there are not clearly separated graphite-artists from graphite-vandals or graffiti as art and grafting as vandalism and damage.
"First of all, I think we need to distinguish vandals from graffiti as art, and that is why I am of the opinion that a graphite city map should call a map of vandal graffiti, as this decision should be called vandal protection. So the City Administration sent a strong message to fight the vandalism graffiti, and on the other hand, to develop a story when it comes to street art. This decision, which includes an affirmative approach to artistic graffiti, was primarily to be found in the City of Zagreb's Cultural Development Strategy, which was adopted at the same session when the Action Plan for Combating Graffiti was adopted, in March, 2015. That is why I am sorry that mayor Bandic did not find the artists of the graphs and he saw them together and arranged suitable locations for their works - Alen Ostojić told Further.
Secondly, because in the decision proposal it is unclear what kind of cameras and accessories they are doing, and who will use these cameras. Will they be connected to an existing video surveillance system or not.
- The city administration here gives citizens the opportunity to set up a video surveillance system up to five and a half thousand kuna on the facade. What worries me is what kind of camera and the quality of the camera is doing. Are these cameras standardized with their quality by City-owned cameras, will these cameras be linked to the city center for video surveillance. Let's not forget that Mayor 1 is. December 2011. opened, I will quote, "Center for video surveillance of improperly parked vehicles, graffiti protection and public order preservation". If it's not integrated, if it's not the same quality level, then the story that the police through these camcorders will identify vandalism is an illusion - Ostojić continued.
Third, mentioned, because Mayor Bandic and none of his associates have attempted to influence the changes of the law, in order to give the municipal officials more power if they are in the fight against the vandals - the helpless.
- The city administration has "completely forgotten" at least trying to influence the change of national legislation and change its own decisions in order to give the municipal officials greater powers. They will still not be effective because they do not have the appropriate powers. They do not have two significant powers - to keep the perpetrator and to establish his identity. And if the communal order today sees a person scratching a scratch somewhere, he can not do anything about it - HSLS noted.
In the end, Ostojic is asked, which is also this famous coat. One layer of the building "protects" a year, two layers up to five, and three layers for a decade. The price, depending on the number of layers, is different, but the protection is therefore different.
"We're going to go with one layer so once a year or we'll go with three layers and so protect the building for ten years. That's not the case in the proposal, "he concluded.
But the question is whether this decision will be passed on to Mayor Bandic, since money is not secured for the Budget. The Assembly Committees therefore did not like the proposal, and the committee on that proposal made a negative reaction.