Call for action on vandalism
THE Town of Claremont must take action to end the scourge of vandalism on Thursday and Sunday nights, councillor Peter Browne said at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Cr Browne said that every Friday and Monday morning, locals were cleaning up the damage.
He said the vandalism had escalated from tree branches being torn off to the Town’s signs being removed, with the trail of destruction starting at St Quentin Avenue and heading down Stirling Road.
Cr Browne suggested CCTV cameras could help bring the culprits to justice and also act as a deterrent.
Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said police were aware of issues in Claremont, particularly in the park bordered by Freshwater Bay Primary School, the town hall and the now-closed Claremont police station.
“We are aware of the issues and we are targeting the area,” he said.
“On Monday night, we issued two juvenile cautions and six move-on notices.
“Late last year, a man was charged after tearing down things and ripping out a plant near Bay View Terrace, just north of Stirling Highway, at night.
“There are two areas – what you could call the entertainment area – where there are issues, and the park, where what we have seen is groups drinking and getting up to no good.
“We have identified a number of people, they’re mostly 15 to 19 years of age,” he said.