High price for social problems

MINDLESS vandalism and theft has left Tweed Heads man Andrew Steciuk $4000 out of pocket in just two months.

According to Mr Steciuk, teenagers are behind the crimes, which have led him to live in a state of “constant vigilance”, and he has called on parents to take responsibility for their kids' behaviour, especially on weekend nights.

On Friday night a band of about 15 teens was partying at a block of flats next to Mr Steciuk's Beryl St home and as a parting gift, one of the boys ripped 10 panels off Mr Steciuk's fence.

“One of them went berserk, knocked my fence over and then ran away,” Mr Steciuk told the Tweed Daily News.

The destruction comes a month after the handyman had $3500 worth of tools stolen.

The thieves brazenly took the tools from Mr Steciuk's parked car in broad daylight.

“It hasn't been a good month in this area of the world.”

Mr Steciuk's state of vigilance now means he has his doors locked at all times and has taken steps to upgrade his insurance policies.

But the damage to his fence will still cost him $500 in excess and he doubts he will be able to make a claim for the stolen tools as he hasn't kept the receipts.

The former Kingscliff special-needs teacher has called on Tweed parents to take responsibility for their children's activities on weekends.

Mr Steciuk finds it hard to hold a grudge against the youths as he understands the issues they face, thanks to his previous occupation as a teacher.

“I think there is no point in being angry about it,” he said.

“There is an issue of kids walking around town ... it is a social issue and something needs to be done about it.”

“These kids need something better to do other than wander the streets at night.

“It is just kids with a lot of testosterone and nowhere to put it.”

The damage to the fence was reported to police, who searched the area but could not find the culprits.

The tool thieves also remain at large.



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