Vandalism costs Walvis municipality N.dollars 130 000

13 Feb 2018 11:40am
WALVIS BAY, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – Vandalism of road signs and street name boards at the harbour town of Walvis Bay, escalated in December 2017, forcing the town council to spend N.dollars 130 000 on repairs.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Anita Kaihiva from the Walvis Bay Municipality’s Public Relations department said the escalated vandalism, which also includes the removal of road signs, was experienced during the festive season.
Kaihiva said the amount spent on repairs represents about 70 per cent of the total expenditure for December 2017 only.
“Such acts of vandalism are not only inconveniencing residents and visitors and compromise the safety of the road users, but also place an extra burden on the municipality’s resources as the repair and replacement costs of these facilities are very high,” she said, adding that these costs are inevitably covered by the residents.
With the availability of built-in camera facilities on cell phones, residents are urged to take photos of the culprits and to report acts of vandalism immediately at the nearest police station.
Vandalism of public facilities is a criminal offence and anyone guilty of such behaviour may face fines or imprisonment.
Kaihiva said the standing by-laws that prohibit these acts of vandalism state that no person shall deface, damage or in any way interfere with any notice board, street traffic sign, street name board or similar sign or any hoarding which has been erected in a street by or with the permission of the local authority.
She further said a person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of this by-law, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding N.dollars 300 or six months imprisonment, or both and that the fine can be increased to N. dollars 2 000 if found guilty in a court of law.
“So far, there were no culprits apprehended, fined or imprisoned, because we just find the property destroyed in the streets. This is why we are now requesting public assistance to bring these vandals to book,” she added.