Parents warned about slingshots after string of attacks

MACKAY Northern Beaches police are investigating a number of complaints of damage to shops and motor vehicles that may involve the use of a 'sling shot' or similar device over the previous month.

Police believe a projectile is being fired from a device and through shop windows and at motor vehicles in the area of Bedford Rd, Andergrove near the Pioneer School.

Police have said they have a number of strategies in place to address the crimes but they need more help.

They're asking people who may know of someone with a slingshot or similar device who has been using it in a public place to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and provide this information anonymously.

A sling shot can fire a projectile at high speed which can lead to serious damage of property, and the significant injury of a person.

It is an offence under the Weapons Act to carrying these weapons in a public place and dangerous conduct with one can lead to imprisonment for up to 4 years.

To parents, police have asked them to consider whether they are "appropriate" items for children to use unsupervised in public or to carry with them whilst they are out and about.

If you live in this area and observed any suspicious behaviour they've also asked people to call Policelink on 131 444.

Police will be increasing their activity in this suburb as a result of these crimes.

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