Stafford and Maruta Sheldon, of Oceania Court, with the letter they wrote to council suggesting pathways be left open, but barriers be erected.
Stafford and Maruta Sheldon, of Oceania Court, with the letter they wrote to council suggesting pathways be left open, but barriers be erected.

Last resort: barbed-wire security

RESIDENTS of some of Yamba's prime beachside properties have had enough of young louts terrorising their street and are calling for action.

The residents of Oceania Court, some too scared to be named for fear of retribution, say theft and antisocial behaviour have become a constant nuisance.

Some have even taken to installing barbed-wire barriers at the top of their fences to prevent unwanted intruders.

One such resident said that an elderly neighbour had spent $7500 on stainless steel security mesh to cover all windows and doors in his home after rocks were thrown over his back fence, smashing his door.

“My blood pressure goes through the roof just talking about it,” the resident said.

While some residents were still clearly on guard, others said the problem of car and house break-ins had somewhat subsided. They were not resorting to extreme safety measures.

“I just lock the doors,” said Stafford Sheldon.

Mr Sheldon wrote to Clarence Valley Council this month, saying that although he was aware of the problems in the street, he felt closing two of the pathways was like 'shutting the gate after the horse has bolted' and suggested barriers be erected to slow down offenders who dash from the scene.

Residents say young kids on bikes from the nearby village are responsible for the theft and damage to property in the street.

The Birrigan Gargle Land Council was contacted for comment yesterday but declined until the issue was discussed internally.



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