Spike in vandalism costing the community

With an increase in vandalism occurring across the Shire, residents are reminded to report any unusual behavior to try and stop the vandals and minimise the cost of vandalism to the community.

Narromine in particular has seen a spike in vandalism over the last week with damage to parks, sporting ovals, bins and fencing occurring throughout the town.

This financial year, tens of thousands of dollars have been spent repairing vandalised and damaged areas around the Shire.

Narromine Shire Council’s General Manager, Jane Redden said “it is not fair on rate payers and business owners that these people continue to damage areas within the Shire”

“From burning bins, soft fall and vehicles in parks to breaking windows and ruining sporting grounds, it just isn’t stopping, and the costs just keep climbing”

“It is time for the residents to stand together and begin to report these incidents to try and catch the vandals” she said.

Council has a Rewards Policy in place to try and minimise the increasing costs of vandalism where the community is encouraged to report vandalism as soon as possible. The objectives of the policy are to;

The policy offers a reward (maximum of $5,000) to persons providing information on vandalism to Council owned or managed property. The reward is payable for information leading to legal action being taken: criminal proceeding resulting in a convictions, finding of guilt or offence, formal caution/warning issued by a NSW Police Force officer, a juvenile justice conference administered under the Young Offenders Act 1997.

Narromine Shire Council’s Mayor, Craig Davies said “the rewards policy is a great encouragement for locals to ‘Dob in a vandal’ and to put a stop to vandalism in our Shire”

“You could see yourself up to $5,000 richer just for reporting an act of vandalism”

“The cost of vandalism is just taking away funds that could be used to help the community rather than repairing malicious damage by vandals” he said.

If anybody has any information we urge them to contact the police.

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