Violent attack on CB user highlights ACMA inaction

Another violent attack on a Perth CB radio user continues to highlight the Australian Communication and Media Authority’s (ACMA) lack of enforcement of the CB radio band.

On Monday 18 February 2018, a ball bearing was fired through the window of a house of a CB radio operator in the suburb of Maddington in Perth. The attack was purpertrated by another disgrunted CB radio user in response to constant jamming of a rival repeater.

Death threats, bullying and abuse are regularly exchanged between users of the rival repeaters, with some users claiming that the escalation was “inevitable”.

Some users have been forced to take out restraining orders against other users in an attempt to protect their safety, whilst others have installed additional home security to better protect their properties.

Violent escalation between CB radio users has been increasing over the years, with similar incidents occuring in Sydney and Brisbane.

The ACMA has been contacted for comment, but so far they have not responded.

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