December 2009, story from the "Mandurah Coastal Times", Picture: Dave O'Donnell (Oztech Security) and Grant Cohen (Webset Security) will be helping to protect schools in the holidays. Picture: Daniel Wilkins www.communitypix.com.au d318834
Schools Crack Down
SCHOOLS in Mandurah will use a range of measures these summer holidays to keep graffiti vandals and thieves out of their premises.
The Mandurah Coastal Times can reveal that a number of schools in the Mandurah area will upgrade their security arrangements over the summer holiday period because of the threat posed by graffiti vandalsand thieves.
Additional security patrols, improved alarm systems and CCTV cameras will operate at some schools in the area that have been subjected to vandalism and break-ins this year. Earlier this year the Mandurah Coastal Times revealed that Mandurah High School and Coodanup Community College were using CCTV cameras to combat vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Mandurah High School has been using CCTV for a number of years. Department of Education acting executive director infrastructure Mal Parr encouraged Mandurah residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious
activity over the summer holiday. Holiday period. "One of the most effective security measures is when neighbours keep an eye on schools after hours and on weekends and call police or School Watch if they witness anti-social behaviour," Mr Parr said.
Mr Parr said most schools in Mandurah were fitted with a monitored alarm system which, if activated, prompted local security guards to attend "The department takes a multi-pronged approach to security with measures including intruder alarms or CCTV, landscape management, fencing, lighting, physical security and School Watch - and schools in Mandurah are no exception" he said. Report suspicious activity to the police on 131 444 or the Department's School Watch security on 1800 177 777.