Spike in theft at reserves and war memorial

The City of Mandurah and local community frustration continues to grow after an unprecedented number of vandalism and theft from local playgrounds, reserves and the Mandurah War Memorial.

Over $20,000 worth of equipment has been stolen or damaged during recent weeks following a spike in vandalism and thefts from reserves and playgrounds around Mandurah including Quarry Park (Meadow Springs), Milgar Reserve (Caterpillar Park), Coodanup Foreshore, Novara Foreshore (Erskine), and Dawesville Foreshore. Items stolen during these planned attacks include swings, park benches, picnic seats, a flying fox and a slide.

The City is also disappointed to report that there has also been significant damage and theft from the Mandurah War Memorial site on Hall Park, in this ANZAC Centenary year.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said the City is actively working with local Police and the RSL to tackle this issue.

“The impact these acts of vandalism and theft have on our community is significant – not only the mounting cost but the effect on our community’s pride and enjoyment, from disappointed families unable to enjoy our playgrounds to the disgraceful and disrespectful damage to our war memorial,” Mr Newman said.

“We ask our community to report any suspicious activities to Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

As part of the City’s Family Friendly Foreshore initiative, five CCTV cameras and extra lighting will be installed on the Western Foreshore in September. The CCTV will link directly into the City’s CCTV system located at the Mandurah Police Station.