Huge Metal Spikes Are Being Hidden On Forest Roads And Wrecking Tyres
Police are warning of a spate of tyres being damaged by spikes hidden on rural roads, with fears motorists driving in forests are being targeted.
NSW Police have issued the alert and appealed for information after a number of people posted claims of finding the spikes or having their cars ruined by them near Oberon, in the state's central-west.
Similar reports have come from rural Victoria earlier in 2019.
"Police have received a number of reports of homemade ‘tyre spikes’ being found on public roads within Vulcan and Gurnang State Forests," police said on Monday.
"These sharpened metal spikes cause tyre and vehicle damage and are a risk to the personal safety of all forest users and workers."
Police posted photos of long sharp spikes on their Rural Crime page on Facebook, each several inches long.
4WD and hunting enthusiasts have claimed in Facebook groups that their vehicles had been damaged by the spikes, which they allege seem to have been "deliberately set" along dirt tracks. One man claimed he had "hit a steel spike planted in the road" which "wrecked a good weekend hunting."
Police said they were hoping to gather more evidence, and asked for assistance from the public.
"At the moment these spikes are causing damage to vehicle tyres, however they have the real potential to cause vehicles to lose control, resulting in serious injuries or death to families that frequent the forests," State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said.
Whiteside asked for victims to report incidences to police, take photos of the spike, and try to use gloves and generally minimise the handling of the implements "as we would like to have the spikes forensically examined."
"To date police have had to chase down the reports after seeing the matters recorded on social media. We would like the matters reported directly to your local police in a timely manner, to increase the potential of charging those responsible," police said.
Anyone with information is urged to report it to their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.