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Lawlessness in Lanyon Valley

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.

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Deadmandrinking 2:13 pm 29 Jan 08

NSW = Hopeless.

Bludger 3:58 pm 29 Jan 08

“Some say we shouldn’t blame the police themselves, it’s the system’s fault. Some of the police ARE total dumbarses though – the ones who came and investigated my burglary sure were”.
popgoescanberra — 28 January, 2008 @ 10:53 pm


We had to suggest they get forensics to fingerprint our front door after an attempted home invasion. They were happy to leave with just one witness statement. We gave them a full plate (probably stolen though), desriptions and a whole door covered in fingerprints, so lets hope they caught them.

howdy 4:20 pm 29 Jan 08

One of the worst drivers I’ve encountered on country roads was the cops, at dusk.
Tailgating on a windy potholed road, refusing to overtake. Causing serious concern given they were so close that their headlights were often barely visible behind us. To do what? Try and push us to speed over the wrong section of road, even though we were 10-20ks under? Or maybe they were waiting for a sudden 60k zone we didn’t see cause we were more concerned about the idiot behind us?

When we got to a T junction and they eventually passed we were peeved to find out that the idiot was a cop car. There to protect us right? Prevent road fatalities, of course! Or run people off the road in a bored attempt to raise a bit of revenue…

Special G 4:24 pm 29 Jan 08

Ah the home CSI show – the offender touched my woolen jumper, there is bound to be fingerprints and DNA on it.

What do you think fingerprinting the front door is going to prove – that the person came to your front door – thats about it – easily explained in the ACT courts by – I was looking for my friend and got the wrong house. Description – not good enough by the time the fingerprints come back.

What are you left with – nada, nothing, nichts and dumbarse cops.

Mr Rat – you sitting outside your house in your driveway is probably a good deterant, especially if you are working on your golf swing that night – bit paranoid if you ask me though. Go down the local cop shop and ask them how many cars on the road they have each night, then work out – (hours in the night minus attendance to cats in trees jobs divided by number of streets in Tuggeranong = time each car have to drive down your street)

If you don’t like this whinge at your local MP for more Police.

Bludger 4:37 pm 29 Jan 08

What if the offenders were at the front door with a screw driver attemping to wrench the door open, were busted by housemate, front door was jamed from them dodgying up the lock then 2 housemates giving chase. Getting a number plate from the car that was previously parked out the font with the 3 crims trying to invade our house. I’m not trying to be a cop here or tell them how to do there job, I made a suggestion to get fingerprints as they were clearly obvious on our front door. I think being able to offer information to the police is better than nothing. They don’t seem interested either way. I was very interested to know if they caught these guys because an attempted home invasion is pretty bloody scary.

Bludger 4:41 pm 29 Jan 08

Apologies for bad spelling and grammar in previous comment…

Fletcher123 11:51 am 30 Jan 08

A ball throught the window? My god, wtf’s got into kids these days – no respect at all. I blame it on video games and violence on tv. I don’t blame you for wanting to take the law into your own hands, in fact you should smash their heads in with baseball hats. In fact, any kids wandering the street after midnight should be locked up, they’re obviously looking for trouble(sarcasm meter >11). Get some perspective, man.

Mælinar 1:51 pm 30 Jan 08

Hang on a little on the perspective here.

If I was awoken from a dead sleep – as is likely to happen circa 2am in the morning, by all kinds of noise, broken windows and shit flying everywhere, I’d strongly consider an auto-reaction of 000 JUST IN CASE.

OK, a golfball through the window is a minor event, but for all you know at that time it could be a home invasion, or even a car through an inconvenient part of your house – you really don’t know cause you were asleep.

Then you do a recce and find out it was a golf ball through a window, and report this, including probably, a pretty reasonable description of the offenders. You really don’t deserve a fob off from the coppers, ideally if they were going to do nothing about it, they wouldn’t let that little snippet out to the victims.

I do think it is poor policing to leave a member of the public feeling they are unprotected by the law, I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought.

It’s not really about the golfball, it’s the sense of security that should be afforded to all citizens by the provision and practice of law. In this case, I feel they have been let down.

Danman 1:59 pm 30 Jan 08

Good point Mael, never really thought about that, but its true to say that perceived danger is usually surplus to “actual” danger – but if a citizen feels the need to dial 000 then the respective authority has a responsibility to attend and alleviate such percieved or real danger.

In saying so AFP are like nurses in that they have plenty of infrastructure, they just do not have the workforce to occupy it to its full capacity.

JackW 11:12 pm 31 Jan 08

OK, “a golf ball enters my dining room window, showering the dining, kitchen and family area with glass”

Gee. Either the golf ball was the size of a gigantic award winning super-duper melon, or you have one mighty small “dining, kitchen and family” area in your house.

Triple O ???? Pfft. Heaven forbid you ever become involved in a real emergency. Who you gonna call then … the glass repair dude?

madman 11:51 pm 31 Jan 08

But you do have to accept that Lanyon Valley does not have a neighbouring police station other then Tuggeranong….

If you lived in Kambah you would wither get a tuggeranong or a woden patrol. If you lived in Bruce, you’d either get a Civic or Belconnen patrol.

But unfortunatly there is no police station below the suburb, therefore yes… the response times are very slow, I agree.

Lanyon’s crime rate is rising very fast.

Like the bus stop at the shops… the glass has been broken on that 9 times now!

nyssa76 8:28 am 01 Feb 08

The problem has been allowed to fester for years.
So build a cop shop. It ‘might’ change.

caf 9:35 am 01 Feb 08

Does anyone know if cop shops are directly provided by the ACT Government, or are they provided by the AFP under the output-based contract to supply policing?

riotrossco 4:25 pm 02 Feb 08

Thank you all for your comments… Now some of my own..

A call to triple 0 was made as an impulse, I was very happily sound asleep and to suddenly be woken by screams of shock from my family took me into auto mode… hence believing the worst had happened.

This is not the first time this has happened. Some 8 months ago, a VB bottle came hurteling through my kitchen window at about the same time, again showering the family, dining and kitchen area with glass (and to the individual who made comment about such areas being small to cover that area, go and pitch a hard object through one of your windows and examine the shatter effect for yourself (get a clue))

I would like to thank all who have made sensible, unbiased and usefull comment to this thread.

I have installed safety measures to my property to deminish the possability of further damage, this I hope will give my family a sense of peace and protection, as I know surely the ACT police under the controll of Canberra’s biggest looser (stanhopeless), will not be offering me, nor many other families across the ACT, any peace and protection for a long time to come.

Special G 7:19 am 03 Feb 08

Madman – you need to go and have a closer look at the patrol zones of your local plods – head down to Tuggers station and they will tell you which copper is directly responsible to your suburb. Then complain accordingly to them.

They told me so on the add.

Special G 7:22 am 03 Feb 08

Now for the double post.

I heard of a crazy old woman who hassles the kids from Dickson College as they catch the bus from near her house – in return they play pranks on her and have done for years.

Riotrossco – Are you the Lanyon Valley crazy old woman?

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