VANDALS in Shirley are being targeted as Centro prepares to install covert CCTV cameras in bus shelters.
The move comes as the area has fallen victim to this type of crime – the most recent incident, which happened on Saturday, saw shelters smashed in Blossomfield Road and Marshall Lake Road.
At least 56 panels were shattered by the vandals – Centro has already cleared up the broken glass and told the Solihull News that they would be installing new panels this week.
A spokeswoman for Centro said: “We are aware that there are problems with vandalism in that particular area.
“We are working closely with local police and the Safer Solihull Partnership to clamp down on this sort of antisocial behaviour. We will be introducing covert CCTV to the shelters and have asked police to increase patrols in that area.
“From our point of view it’s a shame that a small minority of society have to impact on all the people who are using our shelters. There is also the fact that this vandalism is costing the taxpayer money.”
Although Centro is still adding up the cost of the repair work, the spokeswoman said it costs about £500,000 a year to repair shelters across the West Midlands.
Local resident Maggy Jennings said: “Surely someone knows who perpetrates this vandalism. It is mindless, without any heed for people who have to walk through the broken glass fragments or wait for buses in rain and wind.”
Cllr John Reeve (Lib Dem, Shirley East) said he hadn’t been aware of this particular incident but would be investigating further
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