Vandals smash intercoms

2010-02-20 00:00

RESIDENTS of the Wembley and Clarendon areas in Pietermaritzburg have experienced a spate of smashing and burning of driveway intercoms in the past few months.

The vandals have also damaged road signs in their trail of destruction.

Member of the Wembley community policing project John Soderlund said his intercom was set on fire and burnt out during the night about six months ago, but he never reported it to the police.

On Tuesday this week, at about 4 am, security guards patrolling the area noticed some damaged intercoms and road signs and spotted six youngsters.

The company area manager Brad Lancaster said the guards reported to the office and the police were called to the area.

He said the police were quick to arrive and the youths were questioned.

“This kind of behaviour is noticeable during school holidays. It doesn’t happen often though. When it happens you find vandalised pigeonholes and post boxes as well as intercom devices. At this stage only the police know what became of the youths,” said Lancaster.

Vandals have also been active in Clarendon.

A resident, who prefered to remain anonymous, said towards the end of last year people’s walls and gate lamps were vandalised.

“You would go into your yard in the afternoon with everything in place, but the next day on your way out you find your lamps at the gate posts broken. You find graffiti all over the wall outside. With more of our security visibility it has been peaceful now,” said the resident.

KZN police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident.

He said the security guards called the police after noticing the damage and the six youngsters in the area.

However, the youngsters could not be linked to the crime so they were not arrested.

“The youths were jogging and apparently they belong to a local college. A case of malicious damage to property is under investigation,” said Zwane.

Anyone with information can contact investigating officer Bimal Bramdutt of the Town Hill police at 083 510 3053.

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