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Lawlessness in Lanyon Valley

By riotrossco - 26 January 2008 76

2:22am this morning (Friday 26th January 2008), a golf ball enters my dining room window, showering the dining, kitchen and family area with glass, a quick call to 000 has me believing the police are on their way to alleviate not only my fears but that of the 4 children in the house ranging from 8 years to 19.

Forward 18 minutes (2:41am) and a car is dispatched to check the local area, forward 34 minutes (3:15am) the car arrives at the area and does not see any persons of interest wondering the streets.

Now around 4:00am I call the police (hence the details above) and am told my initial call was booked as a disturbance. Now this incident did disturb me and my family but it was far from that. What if the perpetrators had continued their barrage on my property or other properties? I was given the above details and a job number by a young constable, he also re-entered the call as “Property Damage”

During this time, my second eldest (18 years) and his friend who is staying over (19 years) went on their own search for the perpetrators and happened to find them at the local Woolworths service station. My boys overheard their conversation where the perpetrators laughed about it “The Ball” going through a bedroom window. These people thought they were hitting the bedroom window where my 8 and 13 year old sleep, and were happy about the damage they caused.

We have obtained a partial number plate and description of the vehicle; alas the police said there was nothing they could do, very ineffective.

Tonight I don’t think I’ll sleep as I am concerned the perpetrators will return, tonight I’ll be ready to take the law into my own hands, I know a call to the police who are meant to Protect and Serve will be a waste of time and effort as it seams Lanyon Valley is a neglected part of Canberra in the eyes of the law.

Any law abiding citizen of the Lanyon Valley would surely agree that police presence here is lackluster.

What’s Your opinion?


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76 Responses to
Lawlessness in Lanyon Valley
1
threeze 7:29 pm
26 Jan 08
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smart move claiming you are going to take the law into your own hands on a public forum. i can’t see that coming back to haunt you.

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gooterz 7:49 pm
26 Jan 08
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How old were they? the perps?

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barney 7:50 pm
26 Jan 08
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There is no way of telling what Police are doing. Response times could be anything they feel like. Maybe they were busy, but maybe they weren’t. How could you ever tell. You cant. That’s one thing that concerns me.

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Duke 7:50 pm
26 Jan 08
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As disturbing as this incident was, anti-social behaviour and a lack of policing is hardly exclusive to Lanyon.
A golf ball through the window is hardly Assault on Precinct 13!
How scared could your older boys have been if they went out at 2.30am looking for the perpetrators?
Sounds like an abuse of 000 to me.

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cranky 7:56 pm
26 Jan 08
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I’m sure the root of the majority of complaints regarding Police (in)action can be sheeted home to ACT Police numbers.

We seem to be constantly reassured that our Police numbers are adequate, and in keeping with Australian averages.

I don’t believe we are being told the truth. So many calls to Police are fobbed off as below seriousness to attract Police attention, in what appears to be a dearth of resources.

How does the ACT compare in Police numbers/population in comparison with other Australian/Overseas numbers? If we are being treated less than adequately, what do our political masters propose to do about it?

One assumes it will cost more money. One also has to query how transparent the provision of local Police by AFP in comparison to what the ACT Govt pays for this service. I have little faith that we are not being ripped off.

I also have little faith that Sonic and Co have the clout to rectify any shortchanging by the AFP.

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astrojax 7:56 pm
26 Jan 08
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ask to be their caddy, then suggest the one iron. no-one can hit a one iron.

(i’ve often wondered ‘the streets…?’) [sorry, had to do that…]

and barney is right – how many patrol units do you imagine are on hand on that shift in your area to deal with everything that goes on? and what else was happening? see? he’s right, you can’t answer – so if you wanna complain like this, try the area commander and get a real answer first… where’s proud local when you need him?

that said, also tell the local area commander about the response to your lads’ obtaining what seems to be useful information…

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t0m 8:42 pm
26 Jan 08
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This is misuse of the 000 service. Call the police directly instead in future.

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sepi 9:02 pm
26 Jan 08
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Sadly this happens to everyone in Canberra all the time.

I think there has to be imminent danger of serious injury for ACT police to turn up promptly.

New York has 10 times the police per head of population than we do. I don’t know how many other Australian cities have.

I do think we should have more. A few more police on the roads might deter some stupid behaviour and then they’d be available to actually attend disturbances and robberies etc.

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BenMac 9:41 pm
26 Jan 08
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From talking to some police, and ex-police, it seems the trouble is the paper work that is taking patrols off the street. These guys work a 12hr shift, and are meant to write reports on every incident before their shift is over. Doesn’t leave much time to ‘police’ the community.

Next time ring 131 444 as it wasn’t an emergency. If someone got hurt or if the boys are attacking the house (more than 1 ball) then ring 000.

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Adza 9:52 pm
26 Jan 08
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From my own experience, the police don’t do much at all… sadly it seems to be much more effective to catch them yourselves and deal with it appropriately…

Perhaps your son and friend should have returned the favour by smashing the golf ball back through their car window?

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ant 10:16 pm
26 Jan 08
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I’ve never known the police to be interested in the things we expect them to be in the ACT. They probably have more important things to do, and we just don’t realise it. as for investigating crimes, even when you’ve got descriptions, number plates of the perps etc, they have much more important things to do.

And people wonder why people take things into their own hands.

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Danman 11:06 pm
26 Jan 08
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Dont hate the player – hate the game.

Police have their hands tied as much as Nurses Iwould say.

Sure they can make more police stations – but withouty staff to attend them it snot worth a pinch of shit eh ?

Tonight I don’t think I’ll sleep as I am concerned the perpetrators will return, tonight I’ll be ready to take the law into my own hands, I know a call to the police who are meant to Protect and Serve will be a waste of time and effort as it seams Lanyon Valley is a neglected part of Canberra in the eyes of the law.

This was barely a premeditated attack – I doubt they will be back – not worth you staying up for.

I have had ctrade tools stolen from, my car on several occasions (being a chef you tend to get attached to your tools, taking them home so no one from work steals them.. and get them stolen anyway – have had several cars broken into and windows broken… Basically I ring the cops now only for insurance purposes, its not like they intend to fuck you over by their non attendance, just that ther is not enough cops because the working conditions and pay are shit…

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Queenie 11:18 pm
26 Jan 08
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Quick! Call the police to protect you from rogue golf balls!!

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el ......VNBerlinaV8 11:25 pm
26 Jan 08
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Unfortunately it’s not exclusive to Lanyon. Kids are constantly trying to (and occasionally succeeding) in stealing cars in Weston Creek, in particular my area. Basically the police can only get to you so quickly, and by the time they do the shitbags have left the scene, hence, there really *isn’t* much they can do.

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Thumper 11:55 pm
26 Jan 08
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And people bag Charnwood?

At least we get caddies thrown through our windows…

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