27 Oct 10
OUT-of-control slingshot vandals have caused more than $350,000 of damage by smashing glass bus shelters across Maroondah.
Advertising company Adshel, which pays to maintain bus shelters, has revealed that 238 panels have been smashed at shelters in the past year at a clean and repair cost of $1500 a shelter.
Croydon Sgt Graham Gooding said he had raised the issue with fellow officers after noticing smashed glass while driving along Bayswater and Dorset roads earlier this month.
“I suspect they are using some sort of slingshot using a car as it is too far to travel by foot,” Sgt Gooding said.
“We are parking our units to look out for people doing it and any information the public has would be great.”
Adshel figures showed that Croydon, where 116 shelters have been damaged this year, and Croydon South, 41, bore the brunt of the damage.
More shelters were damaged in Maroondah during September (52) than for the past year in the Yarra Ranges (40).
Adshel Victorian commercial director Stuart Moffatt said the firm treated vandalism as a high priority and worked with the council, police and the community to combat it.
“It’s not just bad news for drivers and cyclists – it’s also extremely dangerous for the pedestrians who walk by or wait in the shelter,” he said.
“If you see people damaging bus shelters, please contact the police or our shelter hotline immediately.”