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By wellyclan 15 February 2011 43

I have lived in Canberra for 2 years. I will be glad to see the back of this awful place! I thought when I moved here I would be moving to a small friendly city, where the family was safe and we could make a new life and take advantage of all the just opportunities Canberra seemed to offer. How wrong I was!

As of today my car has been broken into 3 times. My house robbed and ransacked. Then 2 x 16 yr old girls tried to poison my little girl at the local McDonalds (they put tablets down on top of real lollies to try to get the the kids to eat them in the playground.) I must say the police here have been very good, particularly with the McDonalds incident.

Although when you’re told there is nothing they can do about your car being robbed again and no result from the fingerprints taken when the house was burgled, things can get a bit frustrating.

If nothing is done to catch these thieves then whats to stop them from continuing on with their bad behaviour? 

When my house was robbed the police officer told me that Canberra has the highest home robberies in Australia. 

Now I am not suprised! The scumbag who broke into my car left the drivers door wide open, it was opened onto the street, cars would have to have swerved to avoid it.

Not one of my neighbours driving past bothered to knock on my door and let me know it was like that. I find that amazing. Dont people look out for each other in small citys? What would you do?

My family and I will be leaving this town in 5 weeks. I am not sad to go.


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Not 1:18 am 05 Mar 11

I doubt the location has anything to do with just awful bad luck. I have nothing bad to say about Canberra despite experiencing some of the most awful things one can endure in life ( I am assuming it could never get worse than it was there) It was just bad luck and I have not let it taint my other nicer times in the Capital. Statistically Canberra is extraordinarily safe, clean and well resourced. Socially its rich in services and schools, is on close proximity to the beach, Sydney and the Snowy Mountains!! I have a hurtful memory of my last years there and feel the need for recourse also. But I cannot hold Canberra or its citizens responsible. It is pointless.

JackyJack 10:39 pm 16 Feb 11

8 years ago I lived in a townhouse complex in Manuka and the crime was a shocker.

The local ruffians managed to figure out the how to get through the security gate of the underground carpark. Every Saturday night, the underground carpark lit up like a disco as the alarms went off. Most of my neighours (mostly DCs driving BMWs or Mercs) were hit. Lucky for me, my battered little Corolla was left unscratched on every occasion (ruffians feeling pity?).

One Saturday arvo, 2 of the ruffians smashed my flatmate’s car parked in the visitors spot. My neighbour (deadset legend) spotted the crims and tried to chase them down Canberra Ave with a golf club. The ruffians managed to flee to the safety of their housing commission and my neighbour had a strong enough instinct for self-preservation to not follow them in. Home court advantage, after all…

Jethro 5:12 pm 16 Feb 11

Indeed it is. Even my Western Sydney mates reckon Canberra has a very ‘pure form of bogan’.

qbngeek 4:34 pm 16 Feb 11

matt31221 said :

Captain RAAF said :

matt31221 said :

Someone like Capt.RAAF will come out of his house holding a 22 cal where the thief is braking into the bathroom window and shoot the thief in the buttocks.

22 Cal are for ladieboys and old people, Captain RAAF’s calibre of choice is .300 Winchester Magnum.

Get that up ya while crawling through my bathroom window and they’ll be washing you off the walls with a garden hose!

Wow just saw my amateur spelling mistake – “thief is braking into”, should be “thief is breaking into”. Man I should have been paying more attention at school

Capt Raaf why does that not surprise me that you would think 22. is for girls LOL!! But 300 winnie mag? I would of thought your cal of choice would be 338. Lapua mag!

But seriously, it goes without saying that one should NEVER underestimate a 22 rimfire in the hands of a competent shooter.

Bah, my weapon of choice is a compound bow, 8lb draw, carbon arrow shafts and a four-point broadhead. Shoot them in the ar$e with that and they’ll now about it.

random 4:28 pm 16 Feb 11

luther_bendross said :

axe fights in the street

Seriously?

barking toad 4:02 pm 16 Feb 11

Sorry for your experience welly – as Tone says, shit happens

hope you’re not moving to west sydney – or broadmeadows down south

luther_bendross 3:27 pm 16 Feb 11

Very sad to hear what you’ve had to endure, but must say I’m not surprised. I quite like Canberra, but there does seem to be an abnormally large proportion of what I like to call bogan crime here: vehicle thefts, break and enters, loud music, all that sort of shit. We had a terrible time in Ainslie, broken into twice, the car once, meth-heads getting confused and asking Mrs Bendross for drugs, axe fights in the street, uncontrolled dogs constantly, daily (no exaggeration) police patrols for 18months.. the list goes on. So we got the hell out of Dodge and moved to the percieved Mecca for bogans: Tuggeranong. Since moving we have not had any dramas. There’s definitely something strange in the water here.

Chop71 3:11 pm 16 Feb 11

spiderinsider said :

FedUpWithBogans said :

No – none of them are aboriginal, but yes – it is a Government house.

Not sure why they would be Aboriginal, or why their race is relevant at all. No one group of people has a monopoly on antisocial behaviour, that’s for sure.

To the OP, that does sound like tremendous bad luck. I’ve lived here for about 7 years and have never been robbed, attacked or otherwise threatened. Hope things improve wherever you go next.

Several years ago I was working in retail when I witnessed kids stealing, this is how the arguement went…

I confronted the girl and said …. “now put it back and get out of the store”
She screamed …..”Is it because of the colour of my skin”
I replied “NO, it’s because you have chocolates up your jumper and you’re trying to steal them”

I thought it was funny how when confronted I was played the race card.
It doesn’t set a good example when trumped with the Get The F@#$% out cos your stealing card!!!

matt31221 2:38 pm 16 Feb 11

Captain RAAF said :

matt31221 said :

Someone like Capt.RAAF will come out of his house holding a 22 cal where the thief is braking into the bathroom window and shoot the thief in the buttocks.

22 Cal are for ladieboys and old people, Captain RAAF’s calibre of choice is .300 Winchester Magnum.

Get that up ya while crawling through my bathroom window and they’ll be washing you off the walls with a garden hose!

Wow just saw my amateur spelling mistake – “thief is braking into”, should be “thief is breaking into”. Man I should have been paying more attention at school

Capt Raaf why does that not surprise me that you would think 22. is for girls LOL!! But 300 winnie mag? I would of thought your cal of choice would be 338. Lapua mag! But seriously, it goes without saying that one should NEVER underestimate a 22 rimfire in the hands of a competent shooter.

Erg0 10:23 am 16 Feb 11

FedUpWithBogans said :

#28 you are exactly right – race does not matter! I was just preempting the usual race-related comments whereby all social problems in Australia are cause by migrants/refugees/aboriginals.

In my experience, this attitude is much less prevalent in Canberra than in other capital cities.

beejay76 10:18 am 16 Feb 11

Drew9 said :

Quote : And I was only a minute from the notorious Video Ezy

So why is the Video Ezy in Ngunnawal notorious? Just curious…

Yeah, it’s notorious all right. It got held up. A lot. At one stage there had been three holdups of increasing violence in the space of about 6 months or so. I’ve heard it has closed now, not surprisingly.

Captain RAAF 9:52 am 16 Feb 11

matt31221 said :

Someone like Capt.RAAF will come out of his house holding a 22 cal where the thief is braking into the bathroom window and shoot the thief in the buttocks.

22 Cal are for ladieboys and old people, Captain RAAF’s calibre of choice is .300 Winchester Magnum.

Get that up ya while crawling through my bathroom window and they’ll be washing you off the walls with a garden hose!

gospeedygo 12:52 am 16 Feb 11

FedUpWithBogans said :

Gospeedygo – do you have any VALID comments at all? What do you think I should have done exactly? Are you saying that I shouldn’t have parked my car on the street outside my home – is that asking for trouble in your opinion? Well isn’t that what this whole stream is about? THINK about it if you can!

Maybe you shouldn’t think that you are the centre of attention. I never quoted you or even referred to your post at all. Also given your post was 15 minutes before mine, chances are I never saw it in the first place. Tool.

FedUpWithBogans 11:55 pm 15 Feb 11

#28 you are exactly right – race does not matter! I was just preempting the usual race-related comments whereby all social problems in Australia are cause by migrants/refugees/aboriginals.
cegee : are you capable of writing a comment that makes sense at all? You seem to be having trouble with even a simple four word statement!

cegee 10:00 pm 15 Feb 11

so… piss off, then?

spiderinsider 9:47 pm 15 Feb 11

FedUpWithBogans said :

No – none of them are aboriginal, but yes – it is a Government house.

Not sure why they would be Aboriginal, or why their race is relevant at all. No one group of people has a monopoly on antisocial behaviour, that’s for sure.

To the OP, that does sound like tremendous bad luck. I’ve lived here for about 7 years and have never been robbed, attacked or otherwise threatened. Hope things improve wherever you go next.

FedUpWithBogans 9:07 pm 15 Feb 11

Just because you have not had problems does not mean they do not exist! OBVIOUSLY
Gospeedygo – do you have any VALID comments at all? What do you think I should have done exactly? Are you saying that I shouldn’t have parked my car on the street outside my home – is that asking for trouble in your opinion? Well isn’t that what this whole stream is about? THINK about it if you can!

alaninoz 8:19 pm 15 Feb 11

gospeedygo said :

Y’know…. maybe you’re like the guy who parked his bike on the street in Braddon overnight. That is, there are obvious things you could have done to make sure you were less of a target but bitch and moan anyway.

Why should anyone have to do anything to make themselves less of a target. Yet another case of blaming the victim. Having said that, though, a prudent person would make some effort to reduce the risk.

Drew9 8:07 pm 15 Feb 11

Quote : And I was only a minute from the notorious Video Ezy

So why is the Video Ezy in Ngunnawal notorious? Just curious…

matt31221 8:06 pm 15 Feb 11

“If nothing is done to catch these thieves then whats to stop them from continuing on with their bad behaviour?”

Someone like Capt.RAAF will come out of his house holding a 22 cal where the thief is braking into the bathroom window and shoot the thief in the buttocks.

This has REALLY happened as there was a special report on TV about it. This thief came clean and was confessing to robbing hundreds of houses over the course of a year when an owner came out and shot him in the arse! The thief swore that he’d never rob another house again after laying on the concrete in pain. It’s only a matter of time!

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