Vandalism outrages residents
GRACEMERE police had a manic Monday with six complaints of wilful damage from residents overnight.
Officer-in-charge Sergeant Ray Pimm said the extent of damage was still being investigated but included mailboxes, fences and vehicles.
“There was one car that’s been jumped all over, causing damage to the roof and bonnet,” Sergeant Pimm said.
Victims Carly and Kaden Hill were woken at 2am on Monday by loud noises they believed were coming from their neighbour’s yard.
“Our neighbour has had things taken from her yard or moved around before,” she said.
“We heard a large bang and we went outside and our Colorbond fence had been kicked in.”
Carly said she and Kaden surprised the vandals and could see four of them hiding behind their fence, before they fled into the night.
Five fence panels were damaged in total, with two kicked out from the frame, requiring a repair bill of about $300.
Although the damage is covered by insurance, it still makes Carly’s blood boil.
“I was scared, but then it was anger because these are people who probably don’t own anything and they don’t understand the value and just destroy,” she said.
Carly said she believed the police were working to find the culprits, but wasn’t confident the perpetrators would be caught.
“Unless you catch them in the act you can’t prove it, which (the police) must find frustrating too,” she said.
“We’ve both lived in Gracemere for 10 years and you have that mentality you don’t have to lock your doors.
“But all these houses have been built and it’s not a tiny town any more and you don’t feel as safe.”