18yo admits vandalising buses
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 6:09p.m.
By Jessica Rowe
An 18-year-old described as a promising sportsman has admitted vandalising more than 30 bus windows by scratching or etching them.
Jack Dargan's one of eight people who've been arrested as Christchurch cracks down on bus vandalism. Security footage caught the young etcher in action. He moves from window to window, leaving his mark scratched into the glass.
Senior Sergeant Glenn Nalder says the damage has been expensive.
“Etching and damage in Christchurch buses was prevalent up until recently. Until we ran the operation it was costing over half a million dollars to fix.”
Undercover cops have been riding on buses and when a passenger is spotted etching, he's arrested.
Dargan was caught up in the crackdown and has admitted scratching 33 windows on 14 buses. He now faces a reparation claim of more than $2000.
Today he appeared in court and was remanded on bail.
The police asked 3 News not to show the etching tags, as it would give the offenders exactly what they are looking for – fame and notoriety.
Red Bus chief executive Paul McNoe says the company is taking an organised approach to combat etching.
“When we find a tag, what we do is take a camera image of it, put a sticker over [it] – just to identify it – [and] put the date and time over that.”
He says the campaign's working well.
“Between $20,000 and $30,000 dollars each month has been spent on repairing windows, so it has been an ongoing repetitive issue, which this is really bringing under control.”
The operation has been so successful they're planning to implement it across the city's entire network.
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12/04/2013 2:48:46 a.m.
Get a life. Every one makes a mistake or given the chance to .....(make a mistake)He didn't kill anyone...,he got bored..
24/10/2012 6:43:05 a.m.
BRENT JACKSON wrote:
GREAT future for this lad lets see who the hell is gonna hire you now.
YOU just went down the ladder big time.
Great future ahead of you.
24/10/2012 6:10:04 a.m.
".......a promising sportsman.." In what? Complete without brain. So reparation will be at what? $5 per week? Why was he given bail? @ The DR, yes!
24/10/2012 12:40:14 a.m.
Stephanie Romano wrote:
A $2000 fine is not enough to teach him a lesson. Throw in one year of community service cleaning the buses every weekend might wake his ideas up and help him get a grip.
23/10/2012 7:39:44 p.m.
He was 18? Really? Sheesh, grow up son! @ The DR, a public flogging for etchers and taggers alike, great idea.
23/10/2012 7:27:14 p.m.
the DR wrote:
at 18 you would think you would have a brain should have made an example of this twat and given him a ten grand fine and a public flogging
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