Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lost rail keys contributing to graffiti and vandalism?

Do vandals have keys to Sydney’s trains and rail yards? This is the accusation made today by the Shadow Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian, as she revealed that 100 sets of keys open trains and rail stabling yards have been lost or stolen since 2006.
The information was obtained under Freedom of Information by the NSW Liberals & Nationals. Records since 2006 to March 2010 show 75 sets of keys were lost and 22 stolen, 5 have since been recovered. The documents also revealed rail staff have been assaulted in order for vandals to steal the key and the Shadow Minister for Transport says this shows that ‘criminals clearly value them’.
‘The sheer number of lost and stolen rail keys is a significant concern because they can be used to access trains and rail yards for graffiti, vandalism or even more sinister purposes,’ Ms Berejiklian said. “Graffiti costs the community $100 million each year and if people are using stolen rail keys to vandalise trains or worse - Labor needs to do more to ensure the security of these keys,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Do you think the lost and stolen keys are contributing to vandalism on our trains and in rail yards? Or do vandals not need keys? 


Taken from: Street Corner

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