22 July 2019

Transport Canberra slams 'senseless' vandalism of 50 bus shelters

| Lachlan Roberts
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Around 50 bus shelters across the nation’s capital have been vandalised in recent weeks, with ACT Policing sharing their concerns about the spate of vandalism attacks.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said there were around 50 instances of criminal damage to glass panels at bus shelters.

Police believe the damage generally occurs overnight and is believed to be caused by a projectile being fired from a slingshot or another device.

“ACT Policing would like to remind those responsible that these acts are not harmless fun – they are criminal offences costing thousands of dollars to repair,” the spokesperson said. “Offenders could face serious penalties including fines and imprisonment.”

A Transport Canberra spokesperson said glass panel repairs range from $200 to $1000 depending on the panel and said it is “disappointing to see such senseless damage”.

“Vandalism prevents the community from making use of our public facilities and is a burden on the ACT Government budget,” the spokesperson said.

“It means resources need to be directed away from other important services. People who witness or are aware of vandalism should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it to Fix My Street. ”

Anyone who has any information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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