Lifesavers count the high cost of burglaries at HQ

Deb Bird, the club’s director of surf sports, at the headquarters. CCTV is an option the club may consider to prevent further break-ins. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d426660
Deb Bird, the club’s director of surf sports, at the headquarters. CCTV is an option the club may consider to prevent further break-ins. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d426660

A utility vehicle was stolen during a burglary to the club on September 17.

Club captain Richard Lowe said it had suffered nine burglaries in the past three years.

‘There has probably been more than $30,000 in damage and these senseless break-ins are costing us critical funds and time to replace equipment that is being damaged and stolen,’ he said.

‘Without this equipment it becomes increasingly difficult for us to provide the much-needed lifesaving service to the community.’

Mr Lowe said the club would re-evaluate its security.

‘We will liaise with the City of Rockingham on more security and CCTV is an option,’ he said.

‘We do not keep money on the premises and I think we have been targeted because we are quite remote, as there are not many people in this area.’

Mr Lowe said the club played an important role in the community.

‘We are very active locally, including patrolling the beach during summer and providing water safety to kids and members of the public,’ he said.

‘Hopefully the public will keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to police.’

Mandurah Police Senior Sergeant Dean Snashall said thieves often targeted clubs to steal alcohol.

‘The bar area in clubs is generally what they are targeting because of the availability of alcohol,’ he said.

‘We are conducting an on-going operation in Secret Harbour after 14 burglaries this month, so there is a concerted push to target the issues in that area.’