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.
Steve Glossop says building site thefts are out of control.