Slash­ing of Jaguar tyres ‘sense­less’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

WAN­DANA flats res­i­dent Bernard Pat­ter­son says he can­not com­pre­hend why “gut­less cow­ards” would slash his Jaguar Sov­er­eign’s tyres while it was parked just me­tres from his home.

Mr Pat­ter­son (76) said he had just re­turned from char­ity work at a Bus­sel­ton camp on Oc­to­ber 17 when he dis­cov­ered three tyres had been split at the rim.

“It’s ab­so­lutely sense­less,” the Wan­dana res­i­dent of five years said.

“Good peo­ple live here, but the mi­nor­ity is ru­in­ing it for the nice ones.

“There has been drug deal­ings and cars scratched. If we had se­cu­rity cam­eras work­ing all the time, like around shops, at least you could catch them. If they thought they were on cam­era, I think it could de­ter them a bit.”

Hous­ing Author­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery gen­eral man­ager Greg Cash said the Author­ity did not in­stall cam­era sur­veil­lance at its com­plexes.

“How­ever, we have in the last 18 months up­graded the se­cu­rity light­ing at Wan­dana and ten­ants have bar­rier doors and win­dows as added se­cu­rity,” he said.

Se­nior Sergeant Mur­ray Gen­eff said out of about 200 res­i­dents at the Su­bi­aco flats, only two or three caused prob­lems for the po­lice.

“This is the first time I have heard of tyres be­ing slashed there in my 3½ years,” Sgt Gen­eff said.

“Most of the call­outs tend to be al­co­hol-fu­elled dis­tur­bances be­tween res­i­dents.”

In late Au­gust, he said the WA Po­lice and Hous­ing Author­ity evicted a man for al­legedly deal­ing in metham­phetamines,

Mr Pat­ter­son said he had his car towed to a friend’s house in Alexan­der Heights while he saved enough money to buy new tyres.

“It’s too much of a risk park­ing it at home,” he said.

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