School cam­eras in­stalled to fight theft and van­dal­ism

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

The board of trus­tees at Firth Pri­mary School has made a con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment to pro­tect its great­est as­sets.

Record­able sur­veil­lance cam­eras went live last Mon­day which will en­able the school’s grounds to be mon­i­tored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Se­cu­rity lights have also been in­stalled. Prin­ci­pal James Eldridge said there had been two in­ci­dents which prompted the de­ci­sion to have the sur­veil­lance cam­eras in­stalled.

Ear­lier in the year, the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion shed was bro­ken into and a sig­nif­i­cant amount of equip­ment was taken.

Thanks to the help of some friendly neigh­bours who re­acted in­stantly to sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, the of­fend­ers were caught by po­lice and the ma­jor­ity of the gear was re­cov­ered.

But it was the theft of fire­wood that hurt staff, par­ents and chil­dren the most.

The Firth Par­ents Group was to or­gan­ise a fundraiser to raf­fle off the fire­wood next year.

The fire­wood from trees cut down on the school grounds had been stacked in the school’s en­viro- area when thieves cut through the fence and made off with the wood on foot.

The sur­veil­lance cam­eras will store up to two months of footage.

‘‘ We got tired of the van­dal­ism,’’ Mr Eldridge said. This is an in­vest­ment which will pay for it­self.’’

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