Vandalism in Australia.
“Youth is disintegrating. The youngsters of the land have a disrespect for their elders and a contempt for authority in every form. Vandalism is rife, and crime of all kinds is rampant among our young people. The nation is in peril.”
No, I haven’t just taken that from the editorial of a recent Australian national paper, it’s actually a quote from an Egyptian priest from around 4,000 years ago. Vandalism isn’t new.
But I have to say, we don’t get much of it around these parts. These parts being the western suburbs of Brisbane. But I did wake up on Sunday to this senseless act of mindless vandalism right in front of my house.
Yes, somebody had found (who knows where) an old pedestal fan and put in a tree. With the discovery of this most heinous crime came flooding back the memories of a previous and most reprehensible offence from 9 March 2008.
That was about 2 1/2 years ago, again on a Sunday morning, when I awoke to discover this…..
Here’s the conclusion I came to. It seems that somebody, I’m guessing a youth in a passing car, hurled an egg directly at my post box scoring an impressive hit. Or maybe I’m giving too much credit here for marksmanship; maybe they were walking past and scored a less than impressive hit from just 3 feet. Or 3 inches. Who knows?
Vandalism is here in Australia, of that there is no doubt. It is estimated that graffiti clean ups costs something like $250 million annually across all of Australia. In London, apparently it cost £100 million per year back in 2005, according to the BBC.
Back in England, I used to live opposite a park. Every Monday morning following the weekend, the children’s play area would be literally covered with broken glass. It seemed the act of drinking the beer/hooch/cider/whatever was not enough; it needed to be followed by the deliberate smashing of the bottle on the floor. Crazy.
That doesn’t seem to happen here; at least I’ve not seen it in any of the many parks around. Obviously I can’t speak for the whole of Australia, but it sure does seem that vandalism here is not as big a problem as it was back in the UK.
Right! I’m off to remove a fan from a tree.