CCTV Catches Vandalism in Australia
In Australia, we are getting another fine example of how important it is to have an effective and efficient CCTV security surveillance system in place to monitor your assets and protect yourself. The Christian Life Center has been a staple in the community of Mona Vale for many years, providing a place of worship and thought to many Australians. It is a place that should be treated with respect and dignity. A pair of vandals, however, disagreed; on Sunday, February 19th at around 4:00AM, the pair used rocks on the ground to leave graffiti on the side of the center.
The investigating authorities believe that the pair of youths entered the grounds of the centre and used rocks found on the ground to scratch the graffiti into several of the window panes at the center. Lamberta Groves, an employee of the Christian Life Centre, said that the damage was not noticed immediately following the incident; rather, the graffiti was noticed by a staff member who drew back the curtains on the damaged windows to let the sun in. It was at this time that the damage to the windows was first noticed. When asked about the incident, Groves released the following comment:
“Over the past few years we have had to have graffiti cleaned off the building on several occasions,” she said. Every time it has happened it has cost us a lot of money to remove. But the scratches on the glass can’t be removed, so we have to get new windows fitted.”
This attack is seen as a big coincidence, for it happen almost in conjuncture with an announcement by Attorney-General Greg Smith. The announcement called for the establishment of the NSW Graffiti Hotline. This hotline, according to Smith, would allow people to report in directly to officers who will handle the issue of graffiti and other crimes and misdemeanors concerning the defacement of public property. At least now the Christian Life Center will know exactly who to call should this problem ever arise again.
This incident of defacement via graffiti is not the first of its kind to afflict the Christian Life Center. In fact, it was after one of these incidents that the management staff at the center felt it would be appropriate to install CCTV security surveillance cameras around the premises. These cameras were set up in an effort to deter criminal activity in the area. And even if a crime did happen in the vicinity of the Christian Life Center, it would be captured on cameras for the police and other investigators to see. In this case, one of the cameras was able to get a crystal clear shot of the two vandals as they walked away from the Center. The cameras performed their task perfectly, and this footage is now being examined by the proper authorities to bring these young criminals to justice. The photos have also been released to the public to see if anyone has any information that could be used to catch them.
There has been much talk recently in Australia to create stricter graffiti control laws. Much of this talk has been related to increasing the punishment for graffiti users. This talk, however, seems to be ineffective thus far in Australia.