Whether it is simply reckless behavior or a wave of calculated occurrences, the Singleton Golf Club believes that the two breaks in they have experienced in the past month are “just crime for the sake of crime.”
In the past week, an unknown person or persons has broken into one of the Golf Club’s sheds, stealing four sets of junior golf clubs used for the junior competitions and lessons.
The most unfortunate thing about the break in is the fact that these golf clubs were generously donated to the club and although they may not accumulate a large monetary value, they hold a significant amount of worth for the young children who rely on them to play each week.
Now, these young children will have less equipment to practice with.
Singleton Golf Club employee, Kelly Ferguson said the break ins were disappointing to say the least.
“We rely on donations at the Golf Club, and someone has gone out of their way to vandalise and steal our equipment,” she said.
“It’s just very disappointing.”
The recent theft comes just weeks after the Golf Club’s green keeping vehicle was stolen and found burnt out, and follows a spout of vandalism on the course.
Green keeper at the local course, Sean Sweeney said each incident, no matter how small, requires a huge amount of time, money and effort to rectify.
“It’s just crime for the sake of crime and it’s hard to understand why anyone would do this sort of thing,” he said.
“All of these incidents cost the Golf Club money which could be better spent on facilities and resources for the community.”
Now the Singleton Golf Club will consider expanding their current security systems, which again will come at a cost.
The staff at the club believes community awareness and diligence is important in reducing these types of occurrences and hope that by alerting the public, they can prevent further crime from happening not only to the Singleton Golf Club, but other local organisations too.