Vandalism spree sparks CCTV debate
Vandalism sprees across the town has sparked concern and raised eyebrows about questionable CCTV.
On September 9, the town awoke to a trail of destruction in Dalrymple Street.
Five shop windows and a camper van were smashed as well as a flower container up- ended at Stumpy Tower.
A blaze around the same time destroyed the shelter at the Bynehill Cemetery.
And last week we reported that hair and beauty salon Head Kandi became the latest victim to vandalism. Yobs dragged a traffic cone along Dalrymple street and smashed the window of the salon on Saturday, September 29.
Speaking at Girvan’s community council meeting about the September 9 incident, PC Sam Briggs said: “There was quite a lot happening that night. I think people jumped to the conclusion that it was the same person but it wasn’t.
“There’s been CCTV reviewed which didn’t help.
“The one closest wasn’t working and the one furthest away was working but gave a tiny white dot which was the suspect walking away.”
One community councillor asked: “Is there anything being done to replace the CCTV?”
PC Briggs replied: “The police have reported it to the council.”
Cllr Peter Henderson said: “Most of the CCTV was put in 25 years ago. We’re dealing with something that is out of date. The consultation has to be done under GDPR if people want cameras in place. The design has gone ahead and plans are under way.”