Why locals are linking crime wave to abandoned house
BREAK-INS, parties and graffiti on the streets of Upper Coomera have been linked by locals to an abandoned house.
Profanities painted on the roads of Serin Street and Glentree Avenue are the latest irritations for Upper Coomera residents.
A neglected house has been pinpointed as a "hot spot" for unruly youth.
"The graffiti and all of the other issues come from the property being a party house and the local hangout for teens," a Serin Street resident said.
"Police have to come and clean it out on a regular basis."
The resident said the house had been an issue for the street for about a year.
A resident on Glentree Ave said graffiti was not a common occurrence for the quiet road but he had heard of issues on Serin St.
Nearby business Cafe Two Coomera has been broken into five times in the past two months according to one of its employees.
"We have been here for four years and it's only the last two months we've had any issues," a cafe worker said.
"Our glass has been broken and the till has been taken twice. It looks like they have been using an axe."
Theodore MP Mark Boothman said he had contacted the council about the abandoned house and said moves were underway to fix the issue, including recently turning off the water supply to prevent squatters.
Mr Boothman was concerned the legal system was creating a revolving door for criminals and said it was disheartening for communities.
"The police say they are doing their best to catch these individuals but before the paperwork dries the individual is back on the streets," he said.
"The legal system needs change to make people more accountable.
"If people breach their bail that should be an offence.
"When they are incarcerated there needs to be programs put in place where they have to complete an education course, so they're put on the straight and narrow."
Queensland Police said they could not disclose information about crimes at the property.