Kingborough Council has installed 18 extra security cameras in Kingston Park and upgraded security cameras at the Kingborough Community Hub in an effort to address anti-social behaviour.
In a combined press release on July 1, Kingston Police Inspector Mark Burke and Acting Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Jo Westwood, reassured the community that council and police are working together to address anti-social behaviour occurring at Kingston Park.
“I have become increasingly concerned with the number of conversations I have had with community members reporting bad behaviour in Kingston Park after dark,” Acting Mayor Westwood said.
“To protect the community, council has installed 18 extra security cameras in the park as well as upgraded the security cameras at the Community Hub.
“We have contracted a private security team to patrol the area twice every night.
“We have tasked staff with cleaning up any mess left from the night before, but this isn’t sustainable over the long-term and it’s disappointing that it has come to this.
“We are in the process of transitioning our Community Services team to the Kingborough Community Hub which will help build ties with our young people as well as provide a stronger day time staff presence at the park.
“I do not want anti-social behaviour to become a regular problem in the park.
“Council takes this very seriously and that’s why I have met with Inspector, Mark Burke from Kingston Police, to make sure we are working together on this issue.”
Inspector Burke said police patrols have been increased in the area.
“I’d like to reassure the Kingborough community that we are here for them and that there is a police presence in Kingborough at night time,” Inspector Burke said.
“Although the station might not be open, I want to assure the community that there are police patrols through Kingborough throughout the evening.
“If anyone witnesses any serious anti-social behaviour anywhere in the community, please call the 131444 or if it’s an emergency 000.”
Pictured above: Kingston Police Inspector Mark Burke and Acting Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Jo Westwood, reassured the community that council and police are working together to address anti-social behaviour occurring at Kingston Park. (PS)