Oak Flats dad keeping watch for rude vandal

ON EDGE: Shane Ralph installed security cameras at his home on Monday, after his son's car was targeted by vandals. Picture: Adam Mclean
ON EDGE: Shane Ralph installed security cameras at his home on Monday, after his son's car was targeted by vandals. Picture: Adam Mclean

A crude vandal has left an Oak Flats family on edge and prompted concerns the suburb has gone balls up. 

Shane Ralph awoke early Sunday morning to find his 16-year-old son’s car had been vandalised in the driveway of the family’s Fisher Street home. 

Mr Ralph said his son had worked a part-time job to pay for the car and was devastated to see it defiled. “He’d just paid it [the car] off and he was just about to get his Ps,” Mr Ralph told the Mercury.“I woke him up Sunday morning. He had tears in his eyes, looking at it.” 

RUDE: The vandal, or vandals, covered the side of the car with a spraypainted message and drawing.

RUDE: The vandal, or vandals, covered the side of the car with a spraypainted message and drawing.

The vandalism, which included a swear word and rude anatomical drawings, has been reported to Lake Illawarra police.

The Ralphs were able to remove the graffiti using wax and grease remover, after about five hours of labour.  

Meantime, numerous other instances of graffiti in the area have been reported on social media groups. 

An employee of an area business reported her shopfront was tagged with a similar drawing “almost every night”. 

“It’s the same people – it’s a grouplf of 3-6 kids aged from 11-15,” she said. 

“I tried catching them on Friday night but they were too quick on their skateboards.” 

OFFENSIVE: The family has since used wax and grease remover to get rid of the graffiti. Picture: supplied

OFFENSIVE: The family has since used wax and grease remover to get rid of the graffiti. Picture: supplied

Mr Ralph believes the attack at his property was random. He spent much of Monday installing security cameras at his home. 

“I think a few people around the whole neighbourhood are starting to do the same,” he said. 

“They [the vandals] can get a life. What are they doing wandering around the street at that time of night with spraypaint in their hand?