Cameras set to stop crime wave

Zoe KeenanSouth Western Times
Louise Lamberti's business Wrek King was broken into twice this week by repeat offenders.
Camera IconLouise Lamberti's business Wrek King was broken into twice this week by repeat offenders. Credit: Zoe Keenan

The announcement of a successful tenderer to install CCTV equipment in the Halifax Industrial Park comes days after a business was broken into twice.

Halifax businesses fed up with years of antisocial behaviour, property damage, break-ins, theft and hoon drivers have finally had some of their prayers answered.

A successful tenderer was announced on Friday to install closed-circuit television in the area as part of a broader project to improve security, safety, access and infrastructure.

It could not have come quick enough after auto wrecking company Wrek King was broken into on two separate occasions by repeat offenders on Monday and Thursday.

The offenders stole a quantity of tools and other items, according to business owner Louise Lamberti.

But for the first time a reward for information led to police charging three men allegedly involved in the break-ins.

A 20-year-old man from Carey Park was charged with aggravated burglary and commit offence and stealing, and a 19-year-old Carey Park man and 20-year-old Bunbury man were charged with aggravated burglary and commit offence.

Despite the positive outcome, Mrs Lamberti said the damage done to her property during the break-ins was a cost that fell on her. “We were angry about it that’s why we posted a reward for information because they’re so brazen and confident,” she said.

On Friday, Bunbury Telecom Services was announced as the successful tenderer to install a CCTV system in Halifax.

The project will see 22 cameras installed at strategic locations in the Halifax area, covering every major entry point to the industrial park, to track vehicle registrations coming in and out.

Bunbury City Glass director Fiona Skilbeck said her business had not experienced break-ins because of their own CCTV system.

“When the new cameras go in you’ll be able to read number plates and take photos of offenders in a recognisable format,” she said.

She said the next step to improving safety and security in the industrial park was to improve lighting in the area and along Halifax Road.

The installation of the CCTV system is the first step in the project which received $3 million in State Government funding and is expected to start early October.

Other work will include installing a slip lane at an entry point to the park, installing deep sewerage systems and additional lighting in the area.

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