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South Side Slasher….

By Deedee - 3 February 2010 39

I recently moved to Canberra – to Narrabundah actually…and within 1 week of being here I experienced the night slasher!

Who or what is the night slasher? you might ask…. Apparently, for the last 10 years or so there is a man who regularly sticks a blade into car tyres – if you are parked on the street……he does it in such a way that it can not be patched and must be replaced…

Initally I thought I had a slow leak (perhaps I had driven over nail!), so I took it to be replaced, then the next day; another slow leak – the tyre repair shop told me that this looked malicious. I really didn’t believe them – then this morning I woke to find another slashed tyre!

So after having to replace 3 tyres due to the night slasher in 1 week, I decided to call the Police. My report was logged, and I was told that there was really nothing that could be done about it. I was also told by the policeman that “I wouldn’t live in Narrabundah – it has a real problem with crime!”.  Great!… I thought as I have just signed a 12 month lease…

So I thought I would do the neighbourly thing and speak to our new neighbours about this ‘night slasher’ problem. Well it appears that they too have been struck my the ‘night slasher’ -approximately 6 times (including having all 4 tyres slashed in 1 night). We also discovered that almost everyone on our street and the few streets neighbouring have also experienced the night slasher..

So why, if this has been a known problem within the community, have the Police done absolutely nothing about this??? Surely the police can see the greater issue here.  All it would take is for someone to go for a long drive, with a slow leak and a weakend side wall of a tyre; have their tyre give out and veer into another car.  Would this constitute man slaughter if some one was killed?

Have you experienced the night slasher too?

cheers

A very annoyed new Canberra resident!

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Tooks 10:13 am 14 Feb 10

Again, no description of the offender and (presumably) no other useful information for police to go on. Not much can be done.

CCTV systems are pretty cheap to buy and install these days, so you’re probably on the right track.

Deedee 11:17 pm 13 Feb 10

Ok, I know I have harped on about this crazy tyre slasher, but seriously, enough already!!!!!!!
… I woke this morning to find that my neighbour has had 2 tyres slashed.

several other cars in the street were untouched…hmmmm

Having reported it to the police, there was still no action….so video cameras will be installed within the next few days…

It is time for the Southside Slasher to be stopped!

Tooks 8:57 am 07 Feb 10

Deedee said :

As this has been going on for many, many years, I am surprised that there has not been a single investigation into this.

How do you know there hasn’t?

Hard to investigate when no one seems to have a description of the guy (even after 10 years?) or can provide any useful information.

Maybe write a letter to Woden police station requesting extra patrols during those hours.

Deedee 10:25 pm 06 Feb 10

Thanks for all the feedback…
Yep, I am going to be investing in a video camera…oh, and the neighbours are all keeping a look out to say ‘hello’ to the person!

FYI fgzk I don’t live near the flats at all…..

I know you Canberra people are crazy for homogenisation in every suburb, however I question if people with totally different values, and ideals can really live harmoniously!

People I have spoken with report the following: it seems that the Southside Slasher strikes at between 2-6am, tends to work on foot, and likes to strike on public holidays, or weekends (perhaps it makes it more difficult to get your tyre fixed), and seems to know that by slashing the tyre close to the rim means it can not be repaird.

As this has been going on for many, many years, I am surprised that there has not been a single investigation into this. With this crime causing thousands and thousands of dollars worth of damage, plus the added risk of someone having a horrific car accident whislt driving with children and a slow leaking tyre – surely this would be enough for the Police to do something….

notmuchtosay 3:37 pm 05 Feb 10

Didn’t the Comedy Company used to do a similar Beefer Bear skit? (im guessing the content above, blocked from work)

Pandy 7:13 pm 04 Feb 10

Just shitted myself larfing!!!!

spinact 3:09 pm 04 Feb 10

Funky1 said :

Just 2 words: “Trunk Monkey”

See video number 4, http://www.trunkmonkeyad.com/

Gotta get me one of those

Funky1 1:04 pm 04 Feb 10

Just 2 words: “Trunk Monkey”

See video number 4, http://www.trunkmonkeyad.com/

SmileOnTrial 12:51 pm 04 Feb 10

pelican said :

A doberman on a long leash next to the car might also work.

Or an Orangutan with a tyre iron in your boot.

fgzk 9:25 am 04 Feb 10

I will happily dispute the need to beat up a person, especially over stuff. Sure declare your war to protect your automobile. Its been done before. It wont get you anywhere. It certainly wont bring security. Unless its the sort of security that involves full body scanners and rubber gloves.

Move suburbs its easier. What where you thinking moving near the flats anyway? Its only safe to leave your car on the street long enough to score.

The Great Bambino 8:30 am 04 Feb 10

tidalik said :

What a horrible person. Roads are where cars live; where else are you supposed to put your car? On the nature strip, so you kill your street tree? Up on the footpath, so grannies and kids on tricycles can’t get past? Not everyone has a driveway.

Get some sort of bear trap, I say, and put it next to your car.

Or maybe pour some wet paint down so that he/she leaves footprints that you can track and then put the bear trap outside their own house.

I wouldn’t go as far as bear traps, although it would be somewhat amusing listening to the shreiks of pain in the night would be a nice little piece of vindication.

I have had similar problems with my car in Gungahlin, albeit it was one of constant tampering and not slashing. Went on for a few years, decided to do something about it, went down to an electronics store bought a dummy spy camera placed it in the car so it was visible, placed a note on the dashboard saying “Smile” and haven’t had a problem since.

If you wanted to go a bit further and actually record via an infared camera in the car, I have been informed that it isn’t to hard to fit a car out and power, not too expensive, but you may get the cost back in the long run once the offender is identified.

Pandy 11:16 pm 03 Feb 10

Does anyone dispute that this person, whatever age, creed, gender, race or intellectual disability, needs to be beaten to a pulp?

Once or twice as a child prank is tolerable. Now it is war.

Good luck the residents capturing the person.

YapYapYap 10:42 pm 03 Feb 10

aussielyn said :

Mc Millan Cres I bet !
There has been a serial tyre spiker there for years……….

The crime wave in Narrabundah seems to have abated given increased police presence.
Report anything to Crime Stoppers so at least the police know that crime is happening.

I can both confirm the tyre slasher story and refute the crime wave abatement theory; neighbours on my street have been slashed often over the last few years. I’ve been burgled three times in the last three years, twice in the last 3 months.

aussielyn 9:30 pm 03 Feb 10

Mc Millan Cres I bet !
There has been a serial tyre spiker there for years. He seems to roam between a certain servo on Canberra Ave and a certain block of flats in Narrabundah. Inadequate parking by the developer has resulted in street parking that this low life targets.
Getting a conviction would be difficult. It is all a matter of the law of evidence.

The crime wave in Narrabundah seems to have abated given increased police presence.
Report anything to Crime Stoppers so at least the police know that crime is happening.

cleo 8:11 pm 03 Feb 10

Has anyone in bundah had their cars egged, it’s happend a few times to a friend

tidalik 6:37 pm 03 Feb 10

What a horrible person. Roads are where cars live; where else are you supposed to put your car? On the nature strip, so you kill your street tree? Up on the footpath, so grannies and kids on tricycles can’t get past? Not everyone has a driveway.

Get some sort of bear trap, I say, and put it next to your car.

Or maybe pour some wet paint down so that he/she leaves footprints that you can track and then put the bear trap outside their own house.

AussieGal83 4:34 pm 03 Feb 10

I’m not surprised that the Police in this town did nothing. They refuse to do anything when it comes to major car vehicle accidents, home break ins, car break ins or damage to property. I know because I have been a victim of all these crimes and the only thing the police have ever done was fob me off and give me a number for my insurance company. God forbid that they would do, you know, some actual police investigation.

jackal 4:14 pm 03 Feb 10

The tales are true. Lived there for a year, in that time my wife and I experienced two slashings – first time was just one tire on my car, second time was all four brand new tyres on my wife’s car. Very annoying and a costly reminder not to leave car out on the street overnight. One of the reasons we moved out of the bundah.

inlymbo 4:13 pm 03 Feb 10

Best laugh out loud I have had in ages PBO…..You can just imagine the members of the Guardian Angles, they would all have one eye brow raised and have a constant look of perplexion on their face.

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