KINGSCLIFF High School has been broken into 13 times in the past three months, mainly during the school holidays.
KINGSCLIFF High School has been broken into 13 times in the past three months, mainly during the school holidays.

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KINGSCLIFF High School has become a repeat target for thieves and vandals.

Tweed Police crime co-ordinator Stuart Crawford said over the past three months 13 incidents have been reported at the school, with the bulk occurring in October.

“The offences were mainly over the last school holiday period,” Sergeant Crawford said.

“They included break and enter and malicious damage offences.

“Investigations are still continuing into a number of leads provided to police.”

Sgt Crawford said they have physical evidence and photos of the graffiti. “We compared them to graffiti from other places, including Tweed Heads skate park, and found a match.”

Crime prevention officer Andrew Eppelstun said no one has been charged in relation to these incidents.

“In some incidences they’ve been caught; they’re juveniles,” Senior Constable Eppelstun said.

“Kids are coming to the school and committing offences.

“They are not necessarily kids from the school but the offenders detected have been juveniles or young adults.”

Snr Cnst Eppelstun said the high school has been identified as a repeat target.

“We are increasing patrols in the area.”

Sgt Crawford encouraged the public to keep an eye out for suspicious activity at Kingscliff High School as well as all schools.

“Schools belong to the community,” he said.

“A lot of small schools between Murwillumbah and Lismore have been targeted for the computer equipment.

“Police fully support the fencing of schools. But it’s up to the schools to make sure they close and lock all windows to reduce the risk of break-ins.”

A Department of Education and Training spokesperson said the general operation of classes at Kingscliff High School have been largely unaffected.

“The school has experienced a number of weekend intrusions, a number involving the breaking of windows, but some resulting in the theft of electronic equipment,” the spokesperson said.

“The school has been working with the department’s safety and security unit, which has done a security audit, and patrols at the school have been increased.”

If anyone has information or witnesses suspicious activity they should contact Tweed Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers 1300 333 000.

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