A LIFESAVING defibrillator device at a Yanchep sports facility has been damaged by vandals.
Yanchep United Football Club received news from a member of the public on Monday that the defibrillator installed a few months ago at St Andrews Park had been vandalised.
“The storage unit had the front cover smashed in, the unit was removed, taken from its case and smashed on the ground or by something until significantly damaged,” the club posted on Facebook.
“The battery pack also yanked from the unit damaged beyond repair.
“The defib pads that were also within the case removed and ripped apart.”
The device was installed outside the club rooms for members of the community to use in an emergency as well as the club, and was one five public defibrillators in Yanchep listed on the St John First Responder app.
President Louise Purton told Community News the device was installed about three months ago and funded through a Lotterywest and St John grant program with a contribution from the club.
Mrs Purton said the defibrillator was “totally unusable” as a result of the damage, which the club believe may have occurred on Sunday or Monday.
She said it was disappointing for the club, which had also been victim to two break-ins over the past four months, and they were discussing options to improve security, such as CCTV, with the City of Wanneroo.
“As a community club, we need the community’s help to keep an eye out,” she said.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Yanchep Police on 9562 9300.
St John is currently running an appeal, Defib Drive, to increase the number of public defibrillators in 100 locations across WA.
The devices, which cost several thousand dollars, can be used to help improve survival rates for people suffering cardiac arrest.