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Langdon Community Association frustrated by recent vandalism

Multiple incidents of minor vandalism in the hamlet of Langdon are causing irritation among citizens, particularly within the Langdon Community Association.

Multiple incidents of minor vandalism in the hamlet of Langdon are causing irritation among citizens, particularly within the Langdon Community Association.

Chrissy Craig, the chair of the Langdon Community Association, said there have been numerous incidents of minor vandalism in recent weeks. She said the vandalism includes damage to the signage at the new Iron Horse Fields baseball diamonds, a tipping-over and denting of a porta-potty in Langdon Park, flowers in the planters on Main Street being ripped out and discarded, as well as windows of newly built houses in the Bridges of Langdon community being broken by thrown rocks.

“It is extremely frustrating because everything that goes into these parks is either fundraised or [paid] through government grants, and it’s all been done by volunteers,” Craig said.

“Volunteers are putting hours and hours of work into grants and fundraising, only to have the money go – instead of going to programs and new facilities – to fixing things that people have damaged.”

She said that footage obtained from security cameras set up in Langdon Park, as well as the nature of the disturbances, led the community association to believe that it was local teenagers who were doing the damage. The security cameras captured footage of two young-looking teens at Langdon Park after midnight on the night before the damaged porta-potty was discovered.

“It’s kids being out when they shouldn’t be out and doing stuff they shouldn’t be doing,” Craig said.

She said there isn’t much that the community can do to halt the incidents, especially those taking place in Bridges of Langdon, where there have yet to be security cameras installed in the new homes.

However, she said the community has been asked to keep an eye out for unusual late-night activity and the community association has also requested additional patrols by the RCMP as a method of deterrence.

“Maybe they’ll get bored,” she said.

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