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Fences up, vandalism down

By johnboy - 14 May 2013 6

Joy Burch has the happy news that fortifying Canberra’s schools is paying off:

New security fences erected at ACT Government schools have helped to halve the incidence and cost of vandalism over the past three years, ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said.

Figures from the Education and Training Directorate show that between 2009 and 2012, the number of reported incidents at Government schools dropped from 300 to 147, and the cost of vandalism-related property damage reduced from $606,668 to $282,684.

“These results show that the installation of school fences, combined with a focus of working with the community and police during school holiday periods, have had a significant impact on reducing vandalism at our schools,” Ms Burch said.

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Fences up, vandalism down
miz 7:32 am 15 May 13

I guess Ms Burch had saved up a ‘positive’ announcement for a rainy day in an attempt to counter the debacle that is the ‘oops we really should have re-opened Flynn Primary instead of approving two private schools nearby’.
She really isn’t coping with the portfolio responsibility.

gooterz 11:39 pm 14 May 13

Didn’t the fences go up in like 2006?

So the past 3 years has been somewhat of a shocker.

This just means that vandals are vandalising elsewhere, else why close Kambah pool at night?

Tetranitrate 5:38 pm 14 May 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

The fences are too low. They keep out the honest peeps and the the opportunist assholes. I’m not prepared to mention exactly how easy is is to climb one of those fences, besides to say go look at one of the gates. Ridic.seriously

There is also talk about security patrols not bothering to check on schools with fences, even when alarms have gone off. I think act edu needs to check up on guards and alarm activations in fenced off schools.

4 hours to get a guard to dectivate a alarm caused by a break in is pretty unacceptable…

Yeah but those ‘opportunist assholes’ who might wander through school grounds and break windows here and there can do a lot of damage in terms of $ as per the OP.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:04 pm 14 May 13

The fences are too low. They keep out the honest peeps and the the opportunist assholes. I’m not prepared to mention exactly how easy is is to climb one of those fences, besides to say go look at one of the gates. Ridic.seriously

There is also talk about security patrols not bothering to check on schools with fences, even when alarms have gone off. I think act edu needs to check up on guards and alarm activations in fenced off schools.

4 hours to get a guard to dectivate a alarm caused by a break in is pretty unacceptable…

Spitfire3 4:50 pm 14 May 13

So the vandals effectively paid for the tittywhale?

Paul0075 3:50 pm 14 May 13

In NSW, higher fences were installed during the late 70s and early 80s to combat this problem, and for the most part worked quite well.

Either the ACT increase on vandalism has been very gradual or taxpayers have been shelling out a lot of money for repairs that could largely be prevented with better security.

With the low costs of surveillance cameras, perhaps these could also be added to supplement the fencing and reduce security costs further, with the added benefit of being able to used against bullying during school hours

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