Cameras to help fight vandalism

Exasperated businesses fed up with damage over past months.

Exasperated businesses fed up with damage over past months.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: At the weekend branches were ripped off newly-planted pohutukawa trees along Childers Road from Peel Street to Grey Street. Business Applications owner Paul Benge said it is the third time the young trees have been targeted. He has had enough and is installing cameras to catch the culprits. The trees cost $400 to replace. Picture by Liam Clayton

BUSINESSES and buildings along Childers Road have experienced an increase in “malicious” vandalism over the past few months.

Business Applications owner Paul Benge said he is about to install two external cameras on his building as a direct result of the attacks.

Mr Benge said the cameras would cost $1000 each and would give him a street view as well as a view of what was happening around the building on the corner of Grey Street and Childers Road.

During the weekend, newly planted pohutukawa trees along Childers Road had branches ripped off and dropped on the street from Peel Street to Grey Street.

Mr Benge said it was the third time the young trees had been targeted.

“It happened a few weeks after they were put in, it happened just before Christmas and then again this weekend.

“The poor trees just aren’t getting a chance to get established and grow.”

Mr Benge said the destruction was not limited to the trees.

“It’s malicious. As they go along Childers Road they have also done damage to other properties.

“There are graffiti patches, they’re using a sharp object to scratch shop windows as they go past and those scratches just never come out. I’ve also seen them bending over council rubbish bins and mangling them out of shape.”

Mr Benge thinks the culprits are teenagers but hopes the cameras will help identify who they are. Next door to Business Applications, Supergrans Tairawhiti has also been targeted.

Supergrans field co-ordinator Erina Torrey said over the past few months there had been new damage almost every week.

“They have picked the padlock, taken the chains off and knocked over a pallet garden wall and sent the plants flying. Last week a new shade sail we had for over the outdoor area went missing too,” she said.

“It seems to be a new thing. Every week we come in to work on the Monday and find something else. It’s a real shame as we are trying to make Supergrans and Gisborne look nice for our families who come here.”

Gisborne District Council community and recreation manager Andrew White said this part of Childers Road was upgraded in early 2015 and included a compact variety of pohutukawa and native oioi plantings to help beautify the area.

“The council replaced three trees last year due to acts of vandalism (at an approximate cost of $400 per tree), and is disappointed to hear they have been vandalised again.

“Our contractor will be assessing the health of trees, and we’re hoping they are safe and will survive. We encourage the public to continue reporting any acts of vandalism with our street trees, and facilities in general.”

BUSINESSES and buildings along Childers Road have experienced an increase in “malicious” vandalism over the past few months.

Business Applications owner Paul Benge said he is about to install two external cameras on his building as a direct result of the attacks.

Mr Benge said the cameras would cost $1000 each and would give him a street view as well as a view of what was happening around the building on the corner of Grey Street and Childers Road.

During the weekend, newly planted pohutukawa trees along Childers Road had branches ripped off and dropped on the street from Peel Street to Grey Street.

Mr Benge said it was the third time the young trees had been targeted.

“It happened a few weeks after they were put in, it happened just before Christmas and then again this weekend.

“The poor trees just aren’t getting a chance to get established and grow.”

Mr Benge said the destruction was not limited to the trees.

“It’s malicious. As they go along Childers Road they have also done damage to other properties.

“There are graffiti patches, they’re using a sharp object to scratch shop windows as they go past and those scratches just never come out. I’ve also seen them bending over council rubbish bins and mangling them out of shape.”

Mr Benge thinks the culprits are teenagers but hopes the cameras will help identify who they are. Next door to Business Applications, Supergrans Tairawhiti has also been targeted.

Supergrans field co-ordinator Erina Torrey said over the past few months there had been new damage almost every week.

“They have picked the padlock, taken the chains off and knocked over a pallet garden wall and sent the plants flying. Last week a new shade sail we had for over the outdoor area went missing too,” she said.

“It seems to be a new thing. Every week we come in to work on the Monday and find something else. It’s a real shame as we are trying to make Supergrans and Gisborne look nice for our families who come here.”

Gisborne District Council community and recreation manager Andrew White said this part of Childers Road was upgraded in early 2015 and included a compact variety of pohutukawa and native oioi plantings to help beautify the area.

“The council replaced three trees last year due to acts of vandalism (at an approximate cost of $400 per tree), and is disappointed to hear they have been vandalised again.

“Our contractor will be assessing the health of trees, and we’re hoping they are safe and will survive. We encourage the public to continue reporting any acts of vandalism with our street trees, and facilities in general.”

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