Security upgrade to catch lake vandals

Lake Leschenaultia.
Lake Leschenaultia.

The Shire of Mundaring was awarded more than $18,000 to install the cameras as part of the Eyes on the Lake Leschenaultia project.

The funding was recently secured from the Community Safety Fund, which is administered by the Strategic Crime Prevention Division WA Police.

Shire President Helen Dullard said an increase in visitor numbers at the lake in the past few years had seen an increase in after-hours petty crime, vandalism and hoon behaviour.

The Shire plans to link the camera footage with the WA Police Blue Iris CCTV Register.

‘The Shire has spent thousands of dollars responding to incidents and installing preventive measures, such as roller shutters,’ Cr Dullard said.

‘The most effective way to prevent gatherings getting out of hand is to intervene early.

‘The cameras will be able to be accessed remotely by the police so they can identify trouble, crowds of people or those who have caused damage.’

Cr Dullard said as well as reducing anti-social behaviour, the project would increase the safety and sense of security for the 60,000 people who visit the Lake annually.

The cameras and floodlights will be installed within six months.