Teen vandals caught on canopies’ CCTV
The destruction of one of the flower planters under the Canopies in Porirua on January 31 was the second such incident in a month, says the ‘‘dismayed’’ manager of the CBD’s retailers association. The planters were put in by Porirua City Council late in 2010, to give the central city area ‘‘some much-needed colour’’, says Canopy Connection manager Eric Jones.
They are not cheap to put together, he says and is annoyed they’ve been subjected to vandalism, especially one at the Serlby Pl end.
‘‘We’re not getting a lot of damage and graffiti [in the CBD] at the moment, and police and council are working hard to get rid of anything that appears quite quickly, but you do have spikes of it.
‘‘For these planters to get targeted is a pain, because it adds life into this area.
‘‘We don’t want residents and visitors to Porirua to have to see them all ripped apart.’’
There are 16 cameras placed in different areas under the Canopies, with a screen at the Porirua police station watchhouse.
Mr Jones says three teenage girls were seen causing the damage, between 8pm and 11pm, and hopefully will be identified.
What he wants is the public and retailers to ‘‘keep their eyes open’’ and continue to report any criminal activity to police immediately, especially after dark.
‘‘What we’re trying to do is create a positive environment in the city centre, and [graffiti and vandalism] works against that. This is about city pride and taking some ownership.’’
Mr Jones hopes PCC is able to eventually have planters under the Canopies year round, using different, seasonal flowers to ensure a colourful setting.