CCTV targets Lake Apex vandalism
SAFETY and crime prevention will be boosted at Lake Apex, Gatton, with five new CCTV security cameras.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz and Lockyer Valley deputy mayor Jason Cook announced $17,000 under Round Two of the Federal Government’s Safer Streets program for the cameras.
Officer-in-charge of Gatton Police, Sergeant Tony Harm, said the camera’s will help prevent vandalism and act as a watchdog for the park.
“CCTV cameras make crime detection and prevention easier and allow us to conduct identity checks on people who have committed offences, after the fact,” Sgt Harm said.
“An exact installation date hasn’t been set yet, but when they are in place, they will create a feeling of security for regular users of the park and an overall sense of security.”
Lockyer Valley Regional Council identified the need for CCTV surveillance in the popular Lake Apex Park because of vandalism and destruction of public property.
Vandals have damaged signs designed and funded by the community, painted graffiti and damaged picnic shelters and other public structures.
In the past, trees in the park have also been targeted with 70 per cent of trees planted by the community in 2014 being pulled out, destroyed or stolen.
Steel posts surrounding the plants have also been stolen and burnouts have ruined grassed areas in the park.
Mr Buchholz said installing CCTV cameras was a boost for safety locally.
“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening,” he said.
“I congratulate the council on being successful in getting Commonwealth funding for this project and I thank them for identifying Lake Apex Park for CCTV cameras.”