SENSELESS: This sign on the Leyburn-Cunningham Rd near Pratten is among nine sets of signs damaged by senseless vandalism in the past week on the Southern Downs.
SENSELESS: This sign on the Leyburn-Cunningham Rd near Pratten is among nine sets of signs damaged by senseless vandalism in the past week on the Southern Downs. Contributed

Vandalism costs ratepayers more than $20k in 7 months

A STRING of senseless acts of vandalism have cost Southern Downs ratepayers more than $20,000 in seven months.

In the latest round of vandalism last week, nine sets of Curve Alignment Marker signs were cut down around Pratten.

The CAMS signs were damaged and had their posts cut in the early hours of Thursday morning at the intersection of Leyburn-Cunningham Rd and Condamine River Rd.

It's not the first time the CAMS signs have been the target of vandalism at the intersection.

18 signs were stolen in the same spot in October, nine were stolen in September and 25 were stolen in July.

The Southern Downs Regional Council is now tallying up the costs of the damage.

Director of Engineering Services, Peter See said the damaged or stolen CAMS markers could potentially put road users' lives at risk.

"The cost to repair and replace the signs that have been damaged and stolen since June 2015 is nearing $20,000.

"Council notifies deliberate acts of vandalism like this to the police and council and the Queensland Police Service have been working together for some time in relation to the vandalism and theft of signs, with police running an ongoing investigation.

"Last week's incident is only one of several acts of vandalism or theft of CAMS and other signage that have occurred in the Pratten area."

In mid-January several signs were cut down near the Leyburn-Cunningham Rd and Pratten-Ryeford Rd intersection.

Half a dozen signs were also stolen in the same area.

Similar incidents also happened twice in the same area in November.

The intersection of Dalrymple Creek Rd and Talgai West Rd has also been hit, with 12 CAMS signs stolen in July and 13 stolen in mid-June.

Anyone with information about the vandalism should phone Policelink on 131 444, Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or phone their closest police station.