Frus­tra­tion build­ing

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Fen­ner

A MANDURAH builder is fed up with theft and van­dal­ism at build­ing sites which he says is cost­ing him thou­sands of dol­lars a week.

Ryza Homes’ Steve Glos­sop, who has been in the build­ing in­dus­try since 1981, la­belled the thefts “out of con­trol”.

“It’s all through Mandurah, it’s rife. Any­thing that’s not tied down, they’ll carry out.

“All builders – ma­jor and smaller – are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this; no­body is im­mune.”

Mr Glos­sop said peo­ple were steal­ing items such as wa­ter me­ters and sell­ing them to lo­cal sal­vage yards for drug money.

“We had four wa­ter me­ters stolen in three weeks -– they’re $600 a piece to re­place,” he said.

“They sell them for scrap. The sal­vage joints buy them for the brass.”

He be­lieved most of the van­dal­ism was com­mit­ted by ju­ve­niles.

“We had ev­ery win­dow smashed at the (Ocean Hill, Lake­lands) dis­play home,” he said.

“At Ocean Hill on Sun­day, we had the tiler work­ing on site.

“He heard smash­ing and called po­lice – it was six ju­ve­niles – it’s out of con­trol.

“There’s lots of van­dal­ism by kids but steal­ing is rife.”

Mr Glos­sop said had to have white goods such as ovens and cook­tops in­stalled two days be­fore the own­ers moved in other­wise they would be stolen.

He said even elec­tri­cal wiring had been pulled or cut out.

“We have tried se­cu­rity but it doesn’t seem to work,” Mr Glos­sop said.

“As a last re­sort we are putting se­cu­rity cam­eras in.”

Mr Glos­sop said there was lit­tle point claim­ing in­sur­ance be­cause there would be a huge rise in pre­mi­ums.

He is ask­ing peo­ple who live near build­ing sites to re­main vig­i­lant, use their phones to take pic­tures of strange cars and phone po­lice.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475896

Steve Glos­sop says build­ing site thefts are out of con­trol.

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