Vandals targeting school

2015-07-07 06:00
The school’s gates, as well as the science laboratory, are among the facilities that have been damaged.

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The school’s gates, as well as the science laboratory, are among the facilities that have been damaged. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Three cases of vandalism and theft have occurred in just the past week at Fairmount High School in Maroon Road, Parkwood.

The school has been the target of criminals for months already, but these incidents have now spiked during the school holidays.

According to proportional representative councillor William Akim the vandalism and thieving have been taking place for a long time.

“These incidents have been on the rise for months already. At the end of the day, it is really the school that suffers,” Akim says.

He adds that access to the school is not as restricted as it should be.

“There are security guards on duty but a criminal will find a way to do his deed. That is the unfortunate case here,” Akim says.

Residents were alerted on social media about the burglaries at the school, which included vandalism of the science laboratory.

They were urged to be vigilant as the thieves took to the school on three consecutive nights.

Community police forum (CPF) spokesperson Philip Bam says they the forum was informed of the incidents by residents.

“We were informed that the break-ins took place since Sunday evening. This apparently [happened] just after 17:00 and before the security comes on duty at 19:00,” Bam says.

Bam says the CPF plans to work with the Grassy Park police to address the matter.

“We are working on an intervention in conjunction with the police and other roleplayers. [However], because of security considerations I will not divulge any details until the intervention is launched,” Bam explains.

Bam has urged the Parkwood neighbourhood watch to “pay special attention to the school”.

According to him, scrapyards cause a big headache.

“Scrapyards are the problems. The attitude of certain scrapyard dealers is that it is almost impossible for the complainant to identify the material once it is cut up and therefore they won’t do anything about it,” Bam says.

He adds the CPF is in the process of having discussions with the police dealing with second-hand dealers “to get a more concentrated approach.”

Numerous attempts to get hold of the school’s principal proved unsuccessful by the time of going to print

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