Coun­cil­lor beefs se­cu­rity

Stirling Times - - News -

A CITY of Stir­ling coun­cil­lor has spent thou­sands of dol­lars in­stalling se­cu­rity equip­ment af­ter a re­pul­sive in­ci­dent.

Cr Gio­vanni Ital­iano said he in­stalled $2000 worth of se­cu­rity cam­eras at his home af­ter find­ing a de­cap­i­tated rat in his front yard in Fe­bru­ary.

“I want to feel safe in my home,” he said.

“From time to time you get dis­grun­tled ratepay­ers… but they usu­ally ac­cept and move on.”

In­gle­wood ward Cr Bianca San­dri made the sim­i­lar dis­cov­ery of a dead rat out­side her home six weeks ago. They have both re­ported the in­ci­dents to po­lice.

Cr Ital­iano was con­cerned is­sues might con­tinue and be­lieved it could re­late to “cy­ber bul­ly­ing” that oc­curred dur­ing last year’s coun­cil elec­tion cam­paign, which he de­scribed as “abuse” he had not pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced in his 22-year in­volve­ment in lo­cal govern­ment.

“Where does this stop? These in­tim­i­dat­ing

things should not be hap­pen­ing. It’s time to let those peo­ple know they won’t get away with it,” he said.

Cr San­dri said she was not “overly con­cerned” and re­ported the in­ci­dent as a pre­cau­tion.

She said there was not yet any in­di­ca­tion as to whether the act was de­lib­er­ate or con­nected to the one at Cr Ital­iano’s home.

“As a new coun­cil­lor, I have been re­ally happy with the train­ing, sup­port and ad­vice pro­vided to coun­cil­lors,” she said.

City of Stir­ling chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Jar­dine said the City was made aware of the in­ci­dents when they oc­curred and spoke with Crs San­dri and Ital­iano at the time.

“No coun­cil­lor should never be made to feel un­safe or threat­ened. The City of Stir­ling has a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to bul­ly­ing and in­tim­i­da­tion and pro­vides sup­port, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion to coun­cil­lors (and staff) on these is­sues,” he said.

A po­lice spokesman con­firmed the in­ci­dents were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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