CCTV captures vandalism footage

SENSELESS acts of vandalism have left more than one small business in Gympie out of pocket.

And in these tough economic times, business owners are asking the general public to keep an eye out for anyone loitering around their property.

Poolscene’s Melissa Morley said plants had been ripped to shreds at her garden centre on Monkland St on more than one occasion during the past month, by people putting their arms through the steel security fence and grabbing whatever they could.

She said “ratbags with nothing better to do” had cost her business more than $1000.

A CCTV camera perfectly positioned across the road at The Royal Hotel is believed to have captured footage of the culprits, ensuring it is only a matter of time until they are caught.

Hedges along Memorial Park on River Rd have also been extensively damaged in the past month, with big gaps caused by branches being broken off.

Gympie police asked the community to be careful, as always, with their property and keep an eye out for people acting suspiciously.

Officer in Charge of Gympie Police Station, Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Holding, said assistance from the public was paramount to police efforts in preventing and solving these types of crimes.

“There has been some great assistance in recent years from members of the public contacting us to report a crime in progress or people acting suspiciously in their areas,” he said

“Crime prevention is a community responsibility and we rely heavily on public support and information provided.”

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