Vandals put spotlight on shortfall in hub security
A RECENT break-in at the Mt Druitt Hub has revealed a lack of lighting impacting the effectiveness of security cameras monitoring the site at night.
About 11.30pm on July 11, the library was broken into. Nothing was stolen but windows were smashed and books were left scattered.
A Blacktown Council spokeswoman said “some CCTV images were useful (but) others were too shadowed”.
Cr Charlie Lowles raised the issue at the council’s August 5 meeting, recalling a safety audit of the site in 2011. “We looked at where the CCTV and lights should be,” Cr Lowles said.
“I am quite concerned about the fact that five years later, we have CCTV and villains come again but you can’t recognise them. I honestly don’t blame anybody in this. It is something that has fell down completely.”
Cr Lowles expressed fears the multi-million facility could have experienced the same fate as the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre, which was destroyed in an arson attack in January.
“I honestly wonder why there is a half-hour gap when that $10 million facility could have went up in flames like the Woodcroft situation,” he said.
“There needs to be a quite good review on how we defend our facility.”
He told The Standard he is glad some good has come out of the incident. “We all should learn by our mistakes,” Cr Lowles said.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said more regular and rigorous security testing would now take place.
Mt Druitt police said they raised the camera lighting issue some months ago and will reinspect the site with a safety audit next week.