Park Beach vandalism annoys locals
SENSELESS vandalism plagues much of Park Beach and Brett and Kathy Kondratiew have had enough.
As managers of Dune’s Apartments, they see their property in Vincent Street vandalised almost weekly.
“It’s more than frustration. You want to draw a line in the sand,” Mr Kondratiew said.
The latest vandalism attack was on New Year’s Eve, when teenagers decided to kick in their back fence, causing between $500 and $800 worth of damage.
“There’s so much vandalism in the area,” Mrs Kondratiew said.
The damage tally at the holiday complex includes the fences, trampoline nets destroyed, graffiti, thefts and guest cars’ windows smashed and tyres slashed.
“It’s not a nice feel for people on holidays.”
Mr Kondratiew said it was difficult to find a solution but the ideal outcome would be a larger police presence in the area. He said he wanted police to take vandalism more seriously.
Although the police were called on New Year’s Eve, they did not arrive until 40 minutes later . . . about another matter.
“Although we run a business, we feel like we’re second-class citizens,” Mr Kondratiew said.
“It’s not a violent crime but it’s still a crime,” Mrs Kondratiew said.
Crime manager detective inspector Cameron Lindsay said police take malicious damage seriously but they need the public to report it.
“We’re looking at developing strategies of reducing malicious damage,” Insp Lindsay said.
“For it to be suggested police aren’t interested is disturbing. It’s also completely wrong.
“We really need people to report it,” Insp Lindsay said.