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CCTV to monitor tourist hotspot

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Thieves targeting cars at The Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park will face upgraded security, with confirmation CCTV will be installed at the popular tourist spot.

The new security measure is set to be installed after being considered for two years after consistent occurrences of car break-ins during peak tourist times at the remote south coast sites.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions had been strongly considering upgrading security after a spate of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage to two fee stations last year, which cost $20,000.

The theft of park signs, damage and theft of gates and inappropriate use of four-wheel-drives and off-road bikes on coastal areas has also happened in the past year. A DBCA spokesperson said The Gap and Natural Bridge had been identified as the location for the new security camera.

“The department has purchased a security camera and is preparing it for installation at The Gap and Natural Bridge site,” the spokesperson said. “The intention is that the camera unit will improve security for park visitors and departmental infrastructure.

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“Over the Easter period, there will be an enhanced Parks and Wildlife Service staff presence at key sites managed by the department, including The Gap and Natural Bridge and Blowholes sites.” Albany police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Grant Pollard said the security camera would provide a dual benefit for tourists and police.

“It’s going to enhance the security out there and also be an ideal investigative tool ... once the word gets around that it is under surveillance, that is going to be a deterrent to those recidivist offenders.”

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