COLAC police will increase their street presence this weekend after a string of “disappointing” vandalism attacks.
Leading Senior Constable Terry Woodcroft said damage to properties in Calvert Street, Wallace Street and Queen Street and a broken shop window in Murray Street kept officers busy on Saturday night.
Police also reported a burglary at an Ulverstone Street property and two Country Fire Authority crews attended a rubbish bin fire at Memorial Square early yesterday morning.
“On Calvert Street there was a run of three letter boxes damaged, one letter box was located a short distance to one house and returned to its owner,” Sen Const Woodcroft said.
“On Ulverstone Street we had what appeared to be a burglary, where an attempt was made to remove a large flat screen TV from a shed, but we believe they were disturbed,” he said.
Sen Const Woodcroft said people had also jumped on a car parked on a Queen Street nature strip, causing damage to its roof.
“It’s one thing to attend parties and have some fun but you’re only causing undue attention to yourself by causing mayhem on the way home,” he said.
“Just as we enter into the warmer weather it’s quite disappointing to see this type of trend already.”
Sen Const Woodcroft said the weekend’s incidents highlighted the need for “increased patrols with regard to footy final celebrations” next weekend.
“We can definitely expect increased patrols especially in lieu of this weekend’s offences,” he said.
The owner of the damaged red Magna said he was disappointed to discover his vehicle had been vandalised.
“I woke up at about two o’clock in the morning and it sounded like two people running and it sounded like the car was being kicked, but I didn’t get up to check until this morning,” he said when he spoke to the Colac Herald yesterday.
The Queen Street resident said he discovered damage to the house’s letterbox and dints on his car’s roof when he went outside yesterday morning.
“It’s not really great, it’s a bit of a hassle,” he said.
“But you get to the point where it’s almost expected being on a main street.”
Sen Const Woodcroft appealed to anyone with information about the weekend’s incidents to contact police.
“We would certainly like information with regards to the burglary on the shed and the damage to the car,” he said.