The State Government has funded the installation of five CCTV cameras at The Salvation Army Marion, following an increase in drug use, theft, and vandalism on the grounds.
It was great to head down to the Salvo's Marion site with the Attorney General the Hon. Vickie Chapman MP and view the new CCTV cameras in place.
The recent vandalism and destruction that has occurred at the Marion centre is completely unacceptable, and very disappointing.
This is a respected local charity hub which provides important services and support to people facing hardship in the Marion area.
This grant will help to ensure that the centre and church remain a safe place for the community, and give staff and volunteers peace of mind when they go to work.
It will also mean that The Salvation Army’s money and resources can go where it belongs - into services for the community - rather than cleaning up and repairing damage.
Captain Chris Clarke, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Marion, said that the cameras would also help employees to feel safe at work.
“Our staff and volunteers have a right to feel safe – they often find used syringes on the premises and one staff member had their car window smashed,” Captain Clarke said.
“We even had a newly installed air conditioner unit stolen, which really stunned us.
“This funding will allow us to install two cameras inside the building and three externally, helping to prevent future incidents and catch anyone who causes damage.
“We are all feeling very positive about having the cameras installed, and refocusing our energy back into supporting the local community.”