Slingshots, rocks and citrus fruits used to destroy property

ON THE WATCH: Neighbourhood Watch President Wayne Deaner is spearheading the group's latest meeting to advise people how to combat crime.

ON THE WATCH: Neighbourhood Watch President Wayne Deaner is spearheading the group's latest meeting to advise people how to combat crime.

SLINGSHOTS, rocks and citrus fruits have been used to destroy shopfront windows and cars throughout Turvey Park at the weekend. 

Wagga police confirmed five separate reports of vandalism within two-hours on Friday night, indicating the spree was likely unprovoked.

Matthew Hirst took his Holden Berlina to a smash repairer on Monday after one of the car’s side panels was smashed by an airborne rock. 

He claims the damage bill will set him back about $1000. 

“It’s not enough damage to claim under insurance and pay the excess for so I have to spend my own hard earned money to fix it,” he said. 

“Everybody is sick of these pr**ks.

“We’re going to put cameras up now so we can make sure we catch them in the act next time.” 

Another nearby resident, who wished not to be identified, awoke on Sunday morning to discover her lounge room window shattered and several oranges on her carpet. 

While she had no clue who caused the damage, the Mount Austin local recalls screaming and yelling throughout the night.

“There was definitely some bad eggs in the neighbourhood that night,” she said.

“I was fast asleep and their racket woke me up in the middle of the night.

“I wish I had looked out the front and I might have seen who did it.”

It is not the first time Wagga’s residents have had their property destroyed by flying fruit. 

The Daily Advertiser last year reported people living on Wonkana Road, Glenfield Park were fearing for their safety after oranges were repeatedly hurled through their windows. 

A 15-year-old was arrested for the series of attacks, but was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act. 

The recent vandalism spike comes in the lead up to Wagga Neighbourhood Watch’s first ever meeting in Kooringal on Wednesday. 

Administrators will look to address recent crime trends and advise residents of the best ways to combat them. 

President Wayne Deaner said security systems will be a key topic.

“We’ll cover all ball parks and the levels of defence in and around your home,” he said.

We don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to feel secure and know that our property is safe.

“The more the merrier.”

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