It is thought the Narrabundah tyre slasher may have been caught on Saturday night. Collective sighs of relief were sure to be heard across much of the area.
Talk of the tyre slasher started on RiotACT back in February 2010 when ‘DeeDee’ posted, pretty upset at the state of affairs as she had just signed a twelve month lease to discover this joker had been terrorising the neighbourhood for 10 years (yes, 10 years!). Welcome to Canberra DeeDee – I imagine by now she has moved on and possibly never wants to lay eyes on Canberra again (let alone Narrabundah).
A month later ‘Grumpyoldman’ weighed in with another post, this time suggesting targets were those parked on nature strips as cars parked inside property lines were being left alone. There were some suggestions from Rioters that perhaps a mass protest by residents would include having them all park their cars on the nature strip, until someone suggested that perhaps that may backfire. Someone though that perhaps it was part of a Greens car reduction program (insert giggles here).
In November 2010 ‘fukuro’ claimed that his car had been attacked whilst it was parked in the driveway, with all four tyres being slashed. Calculations on cost to residents of Narrabundah ensued with some argument over the cost of tyres. Well, there goes the ‘parking outside your property lines’ theory.
There were a couple of policing releases in the next couple of years followed by the ‘angry note’ earlier this month from Giulia Jones claiming ‘Government needs to catch tyre slasher’ and pleading for some form of video surveillance. I for one was a little surprised to see such a venomous media release on this, but her focus may have proven just what the campaign needed.
I just hope the guy caught was indeed the slasher and not a one off by some poor b*gger out to teach a neighbour a lesson for letting his dog poop on his lawn or something similar.
I wonder what the cost of 14 years (that’s just according to RA history) terrorising a neighbourhood under a veil of darkness is? If we assume 4 tyres a week at a cost of $200 per tyre for 14 years, we’re talking well over half a million dollars and from what I can tell 4 a week is a modest estimate. That’s some focused anger right there!