Council asking community to be its eyes and ears
5 November 2013
Vandalism has Council asking community to be its eyes and ears
Waikato District Council is calling for people to report suspicious behaviour to the police following vandalism at one of its reserves.
On Tuesday 29 October a near new barbeque table was set alight at Dr John Lightbody Reserve in Escotts Road, Tuakau, resulting in serious fire damage.
Waikato District Council General Manager Service Delivery Tim Harty says the act is very disappointing as the table had only been installed two weeks ago and was meant to be there for all to enjoy.
“It’s a real shame that this has happened as it takes it away from other people to use. We are asking the public to be proactive and report any suspicious activity to the police.”
However the fire isn’t the only incident that has happened, the Council has also noted an increase in graffiti at the reserve and around Tuakau during the past two weeks.
Mr Harty says Council has installed $80,000 worth of new playground equipment and furniture around the district during the past three months and he urges the public to respect their local parks and reserves.
“They are community assets and we would like to see them respected and looked after. If you do see something that doesn’t seem quite right please report it to the police.”
Council staff have met with the Tuakau Police to discuss the incident.