Mobile speed camera damaged in second attack on Victorian traffic vehicles in nine days
‘Serial plague’ crushes mobile speed camera cars so they can no longer see Aussie law-breaking drivers – and the police are FURIOUS
- Vandals smashed the windows and cut the tires of a mobile speed camera
- The car was parked on the side of Bellarine Highway in Point Lonsdale, Victoria
- The cameraman was in the vehicle during the attack, but was unharmed
- Another speed camera car was rammed by a four-wheel drive on June 13
- Police are calling on anyone with information about one of the attacks to come forward
Police are chasing a ‘serious plague’ that smashed windows and slashed the tires of a mobile speed camera car in a spate of attacks on Victoria’s traffic vehicles.
The traffic vehicle was parked on the side of the Bellarine Highway in Point Lonsdale, regional Victoria, at approximately 8:50 PM when the vandal approached the car.
Police said the cameraman was in the car, which is owned and operated by the Justice Department, during the attack, but managed to drive away unharmed.
The windows of a Victorian car with traffic cameras were smashed (pictured) and tires were cut by vandals while the driver was still inside
The cameraman managed to drive away unharmed (photo, smashed side window of the mobile speed camera car)
Deputy Road Police Commissioner Glenn Weir said on Thursday that the “cowardly” attack was “high-level criminal conduct”.
“Absolutely terrifying to do your job in a car in the dark and all of a sudden a madman comes out of nowhere and attacks you with a pole,” Mr. Weir said.
‘We won’t take it.
‘Anyone who wants to interfere (camera operators) feels the full power of investigation and arrest.’
The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Victorian vehicles and traffic camera operators and took place nine days after a mobile speed camera was slammed into a car.
The mobile speed camera was parked in Wollert, a suburban suburb 16 miles north of Melbourne, and was hit multiple times by a four-wheel drive driver on June 13.
Police said the vandal allegedly used a metal pole to smash the windows (right) and an unidentified object to cut or puncture the tires (left)
The driver collided with the traffic vehicle about 1.40am while it was parked on Craigieburn Road East.
The cameraman was in the vehicle when the attack took place, but was unharmed.
On April 26, a female traffic cameraman was sitting in her car when a masked man was holding a metal pole
On Anzac Day, a female traffic cameraman was sitting in her car in St. Leonards when a masked man with a metal pole smashed the vehicle’s side mirrors.
Community and public sector union Julian Kennelly said an operator in Tullamarine was stalked before several people jumped out and attacked his car.
“He (the operator) was moving locations… and a vehicle followed him down the road for five or ten minutes,” Kennelly told the Herald Sun.
“He stopped… and then both (the people in the other vehicle) jumped out of the vehicle and ran to his vehicle and launched pieces of wood at the camera’s car. Pretty scary.’
Mr Kennelly said a ‘serial plague’ in Parkdale has hampered operators for the past 14 months.
The attack comes nine days after a driver in a four-wheel drive car rammed into a mobile speed camera car (pictured) on June 13 in Wollert, a suburb 16 miles north of Melbourne.
Victorian detectives believe a single perpetrator may be responsible for some of the attacks.
“These things are rare,” said Deputy Road Commissioner, Mr Weir.
“To have four in two months is unusual and to have two in such a location that’s close together — that’s obviously one of the lines of inquiry we’re looking at to see if it’s the same person.”
Investigators would like to speak to anyone who has information, dashcam footage or witnessed the attacks to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.