Maitland councillor Henry Meskauskas is calling on ratepayers to dob in hoons and vandals

Maitland Councillor Henry Meskauskas is calling on ratepayers to dob in burnout bogans, vandals and thieves.

Cr Meskauskas appealed to ratepayers to take photographs, write down car number plates and notify police if they see people bringing the city into disrepute.

“This problem is never ending and it’s city wide,” he said.

“It is being raised at Neighbourhood Watch meetings and we are appealing to residents to be more vigilant.

“Take note of car makes, number plates, descriptions of offenders etc.”

He said the incidence of graffiti, burnouts, stolen cars and dumped shopping trolleys is rising, not just in the city’s west as reported earlier this year but right across the Maitland Local Government Area.

“Drive through any of the new housing estates and you’ll see new rubber all over the roads.

“All these crimes are happening on a daily basis and I really hope with a bit of neighbourhood vigilance we can get on top of it,” Cr Meskauskas said.

“Dob them in. Take videos and photographs and hand them to police as evidence, particularly people who have CCTV outside their homes.

“These offenders should be charged, put before the court and sent to central Australia where there are plenty of wide open spaces for them to do burnouts.”

This year Fairfax media has reported on numerous cases of car theft burnouts and general vandalism, including the erection of a $40,000 fence to keep vandals off Metford Oval, renewed calls for security in The Levee following a spate of vandalism, endless graffiti across Telarah, cars stolen from Gillieston Heights and cars left burnt out at various locations across the city.