Anti-social behaviour reaches new low

A Baldivis resident near some of the damage caused by teenage gangs near his home.
A Baldivis resident near some of the damage caused by teenage gangs near his home.

The home of a Walsh Retreat resident, who did not want his name published, has been targeted by the young teenagers since they began digging up the adjacent park on Nairn Drive to build a BMX dirt jump.

He said antisocial behaviour in the area had been rife since they built the house 18 months ago.

His 25-year-old daughter, who lives in the home with her partner, said she was becoming too intimidated to go out into her own garden because of the group of young thugs, who yell abuse and have exposed themselves to her on several occasions. The family have also had their house windows smashed with golf balls, a letterbox trashed and their car window broken.

The situation came to a head on Sunday, when a group of teenagers aged between 13 and 15 began shining torches into the home and playing loud music at around 7pm.

Then, to the woman’s horror, the security light, which only turns on when someone is at the front door, flicked on.

When her partner opened the door they discovered that not only had one of the teenagers defecated on their front step, one had also urinated all over their vehicle.

The man told the Courier that more police presence in the area would be ideal, but said the main problem lay with the children’s parents.

‘They really need to get involved and realise what their teenagers are doing,’ he said.

The teenagers have returned every night since the incident, menacing the homeowners despite being taken home by police on March 11.

Rockingham Police officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Stuart Mearns called the defecation offence ‘bordering on deranged’ and urged parents to stop their children running riot in Baldivis.

‘This is some sick individual,’ he said. ‘Not even animals do that to each other.’

He encouraged residents plagued by antisocial behaviour to report it to 131 444, as even if police were unable to attend at the time they looked at all reports and used that information to work out where to base officers.