Posted: 21 July, 2016
“I got mine on eBay. The cheapest one possible and the biggest one.”
Triple M’s Hot Breakfast were inundated with call this morning from Melbourne residents who taking extraordinary steps to arm themselves in their own home.
There are reports that Baseball bats are in short supply across Melbourne’s west as frightened residents purchase them for protection.
Triple M listener Jordan from Hopper’s Crossing says he recently bought a bat for security.
“I got mine on eBay. The cheapest one possible and the biggest one,” Jordan said on Triple M.
“It’s more of a deterrent. I mean I don’t want to use it. I’ve got a lot of car parts out back and it’s more just to come in there and scare them off if anything.”
Peter from St Albans says he has gone one step further than a bat.
“I bought more than that, I can tell you now, I am ready to go. I’ve got a baseball bat, I’ve got a pick, I’ve got a handle, I’ve got many other things ready go. I can prove that things aren’t working in the Western suburbs and many other suburbs as well,” Peter said.
“Many other blokes around the areas, they are just as bad as me. Ready to go to protect their family.”
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told the Hot Breakfast that purchasing weapons is an overreaction to the issue at hand.
“Arming yourself with things in your home is a dangerous thing to do and really and overreaction to what we are currently seeing,” Mr Ashton told Eddie, Mick and Darce on the Hot Breakfast.
“The fact is if you’re arming yourself with a baseball bat, if you think that is going to be an adequate deterrent for a group of people breaking into your home. That’s probably going to end fairly barely unless you are Jason Bourne or something,” he said.
“Taking on a gang, just with yourself and a baseball bat just in a underwear at night. It’s not going top go well so the best thing to do is call police.”
“It is an overreaction, because Victoria, certainly Melbourne is one of the safest cities in the world. You’ve got to keep that in perspective.”
“Your chances of being a victim of a home invasion are very, very low. But the fact is we can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that we are getting increasingly violent offending from some young people.”
Chief Commissioner Ashton is holding a youth summit at the MCG today which will aim to tackle the rise in serious teen crime.