Help Prevent School Vandalism

Help Prevent School Vandalism

School holidays start this week and local residents are being urged to continue to report any suspicious activities at local schools.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “Schools will be empty for the next five weeks so it is important that people living near a school, whether it is a government or non-government school continue to look out for any vandalism of school property.

“Vandalism and graffiti attacks on schools cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year so it is vital that we as a community do what we can to prevent any anti-social behaviour.

“While Police conduct public school inspections during the holidays, the Department of Education and Communities also engage security guards to patrol schools.

“Our area has been very lucky in recent years with our community actively reporting incidents at schools before they lead to further attacks. This coupled with many schools now having improved fencing has resulted in fewer problems,” Mrs Williams said.

“Schools are the very fabric of a community and are important community assets and protecting them is something we should all do.

“I am encouraging our community to continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in or around schools to the Department’s security control room on 1300 880 021 or to 000 in an emergency.

“The Department’s security experts know that if trespassers are caught quickly they are less likely to vandalise or break into school buildings.

“With community help we will keep our schools secure,” Mrs Williams said.

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