A SMALL band of vandals have been spotted in the act, courtesy of home surveillance equipment.
Their faces have also been spread on social media, in what is being hailed as a new way for home owners to protect their assets.
Macarthur Street home owner Chris, who did want his last name published, was the victim of vandalism and graffiti about 5am on Sunday.
A group of four young males were spotted walking past the house, before one doubled back and threw a wheelie bin over the fence, smashing it to pieces.
It was not the first time Chris had been attacked, only this time there was high-tech security installed.
The faces of the culprits were clearly captured and have been circulating on social media for the past two days.
Chris said it sent a clear message to vandals that they could not simply wreak havoc on other people’s properties and expect to get away with it.
His cameras are invisible to the naked eye.
“Within 15 minutes of it happening it was on social media and everybody could see it,” Chris said.
“Anybody can do this. It’s not hard to secure your home and if something happens you can get it up on your phone or computer straight away.”
Even in what is regarded as a safe area of town, Chris said he had been a victim a number of times.
In the past four years he has had his cars scratched and damaged with graffiti, as well as having his fence broken.
But after investing in home surveillance, he now has guaranteed security.
“It’s sad that we have to do this because we love living here. But it just shows that anyone can protect their home and not leave themselves open,” Chris said.
The matter has been reported to Ballarat police.