Pro­tect­ing prop­erty not like it used to be

South Western Times - - Letters To The Editor - John Bain, South Bun­bury

UN­LESS there is a 360 de­gree about face in the at­ti­tude of mi­nor­ity groups, res­i­dents will be forced to use de­ter­rents like elec­tric fences too.

Gone are the days of open plan suburbia as ar­eas are sub­jected to van­dal­ism by peo­ple who just want to wreck any­thing. Ar­rive at the east­ern end of Adam Road at sun­rise and chil­dren, some as young as eight or nine, can be seen go­ing some­where, send­ing the mes­sage the goal posts have been moved. Writ­ing let­ters and “stern warn­ings” may have suf­ficed in the past how­ever, the Bun­bury City Coun­cil too needs to un­der­stand the rules of en­gage­ment have changed dra­mat­i­cally.

Peo­ple con­duct­ing a busi­ness have the right to pro­tect their prop­erty. An elec­tric fence is no guar­an­tee, but at least it goes some­where to­wards con­trol­ling thugs who have no re­spect for any­thing – how brave. What would the au­thor­i­ties have them do – stand at their prop­erty boundary and give them a slap with a wet han­kie?

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