Car keeps getting damaged near girl's work place


Sir – Once again, my daughter’s car has been damaged whilst she worked, to support herself, at the Todd Tavern.
In the past two years she has had up to five smashed windows, and the roof of her car has been dented by people jumping on her car.
She has parked at ANZAC oval, Alice Plaza Carpark, and between the Todd Tavern and the cinema.
Something needs to be done. We talk about protecting youth, but should that not mean all youth?
What about the youths who are working hard, earning money and being responsible members of our community?
What happens when people stop going into town for dinner, a movie or a drink at night, because of the real potential for their cars to be damaged? Sure, once in a while it might be worth calling a taxi. But that is not a feasible solution on a daily basis.
There is all this focus, support and assistance for the perpetrators of these crimes but what support or assistance is there for the victims such as my daughter, who is a rate payer and tax payer but is forced to pay $300, $400 or $500 every time her car is damaged, whilst the perpetrators walk away laughing because they have not been held accountable in any way.
I really hope that serious action is taken and taken soon to hold these people accountable for their behaviour before we lose even more law abiding, rate paying and tax paying citizens because they have had a gut full of what is going on.
Leanne Usher
Alice Springs


  1. Regarding the comment “people stop going into town for dinner, a movie or a drink at night”.
    This is so true and has been for a few years now, I know of many families or couples who don’t go out after 7 because of this issue.
    The sad fact is nothing will ever be done about it, Leanne, we need to learn to live with this as it’s the new norm.
    Why should we have to, I hear people say … well it’s because our politicians we voted in are arrogant and ignorant to our small town and its troubles. With a mix of not wanting to be labelled in anyway making the hard choices.


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