Make vandals pay, says Cansdell
OUTSPOKEN Clarence MP Steve Cansdell believes valley businesses should not have to pay for the costs of vandalism.
He suggested offenders should pay.
"If you do the crime, you should not only do the time but compensate your vic- tims," he said.
"If young offenders are unemployed and too poor to pay in one go, then part of their dole money should be held back each week to compensate the victims of their crimes, for as long as it takes."
According to Mr Cansdell, Clarence Electorate Woman of the Year, Peg Maven, cannot afford to replace the windows in her Prince Street shop that were recently targeted by vandals.
"Like countless other Clarence businesses in recent times, Peg Maven is left un- able to pay the bills, while insurance premiums skyrocket because of the anti-social behaviour of a small minority," Mr Cansdell said.
He said the NSW Opposition's law and order plan included provisions to strengthen police powers and numbers.