Street sign thefts cause havoc
VANDALS who took street signs in Moore Park Beach have been slammed by Bundaberg emergency services, who say the foolish act risks lives.
Bundaberg Police were called to an incident in the seaside community over the weekend, but had trouble finding the address due to missing street signs.
Luckily, the incident was not dangerous.
But Bundaberg Police Sergeant Marty Arnold said the incident could easily have been a lot more serious.
“It could put someone's life in jeopardy; it could mean the difference of just a few seconds,” he said.
“In the work we do, those seconds could be potentially fatal.”
A number of streets had their signs removed, including Sylvan Drive, which is one of the better used roads in the town.
Sgt Arnold said the street signs were taken from time to time but it was not a frequent occurrence.
“It's very trivial and very juvenile, but I don't think the people who are doing this realise how serious the consequences could be,” he said.
Queensland Ambulance Service area director Stewart Merefield said the service did not rely solely on street signs.
But if an area was not clearly marked, it could slow down response time.
“The removal or relocation of street signs is reckless, thoughtless and intolerable,” he said.
Bundaberg Regional Council has replaced all of the missing and moved signs in the Moore Park Beach area.
Councillor Alan Bush said the practice of moving signs was concerning.
“Moving street signs are a real concern in cases of emergency. If ambulance, fire brigade or police can't find the right street it could be a disaster,” he said.
Spokesperson for roads Councillor Wayne Honor said the number of signs replaced would not be considered abnormal.
“Moving street signs not only costs ratepayers, it is a major inconvenience and, as in this case, a community safety issue,” he said.