I welcome our Tony’s commitment to increasing spending on security cameras and CCTV.
Since returning to Australia I have noticed a distinct rise in criminal and antisocial behaviour around my neighbourhood of Waratah Heights. Rollerboarders and rap painters (most likely high on the cannabis) roam the streets freely, defacing public infrastructure and terrorising any person brave or silly enough to try and stop them.
Just yesterday my long suffering wife, Maiter, was accosted by two youths in our own front yard as she tended to the choko garden. After approaching her in a menacing fashion, the long-haired, low pant-wearing duo (Maiter could not tell if they were boy nor girl) asked Maiter for the time – a seemingly innocuous question on face level, but no doubt a “slang” term for buying drugs. Sensibly, Maiter grabbed the nearest weapon she could find, which in this instance was the hose, and proceeded to drive the youths from the property with a well-directed torrent of bore water.
Despite acting so swiftly and decisively, Maiter was immediately overcome with shock once the nightmare experience was over. I have unfortunately had to sedate her for the last 18 hours; time will only tell when she recovers.
By increasing the number of public security cameras, we can hopefully deter this sort of degenerate behaviour. But cameras are not enough – I still propose that police numbers should be tripled, corporal punishment for youths reintroduced, and state-issued fire arms be made available for all citizens over 65.