Van­dals put spotlight on short­fall in hub se­cu­rity

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

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.

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