Plain clothes Constable Stephanie Witt fears an increase in graffiti during the holidays.
Plain clothes Constable Stephanie Witt fears an increase in graffiti during the holidays.

Business vandalised twice



MICHELLE Jones' place of work has been vandalised twice despite only being open a few months.

Dick Smith assistant manager Ms Jones reported the second graffiti incident and said it had been disappointing for all the staff.

"We've got this brand new shiny business and someone vandalises it,'' said Ms Jones.

Staff could only shake their heads at the people behind the graffiti.

"It's disappointing to think someone in our community would do this,'' Ms Jones said.

"It's disrespectful. It's our place of work.''

Gladstone police made arrests this week relating to graffiti in the area.

Dectective Sergeant Joe Nixon said a small group of young males had been charged with graffiti.

Sgt Nixon said graffiti increased at certain times of the year.

"Graffiti is more of a problem during school holidays,'' Sgt Nixon said.

Graffiti was unsightly for residents, businesses and tourists to come across, according to Sgt Nixon.

"It detracts from the city's appeal,'' Sgt Nixon said.

"I don't think anyone likes to see graffiti.''

Sgt Nixon said one of the best ways to prevent graffiti was for police and the community to work together.

He said there had also been a number of break-ins of unlocked cars in recent weeks.

Anyone with any information on acts of graffiti or other crimes can ring Gladstone police on 4971 3222 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.



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