Security cameras planned for two Hamilton Mountain parks

News Mar 09, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Security cameras are likely to be installed in two east Mountain parks this summer in an attempt to halt graffiti vandalism.

They’ll be installed along fence lines at Fay and Lisgar parks, barring any legal or privacy issues that may derail the plan, said Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson after a public meeting Monday night.

Property owners next to the parks will also have the option of having anti-graffiti paint, which causes spray paint to drip and is easier to clean, applied on their fences.

Cameras and paint are a different solution than was proposed to affected homeowners at a public meeting last summer. At the time, plans were made for “fedges” — tightly planted willow hedges to form a fence — to be installed in front of wood fences to take away any potential canvasses for graffiti vandals.

At Monday’s meeting, the five residents in attendance favoured the camera and paint options.

An option involving bushy deciduous trees, which would not provide an immediate screen, was turned down.

The fedge option will still be available after testing the effectiveness of cameras and paint, said Jackson.

Each camera will cost between $6,500 and $8,500. Painting all privacy fences in both parks is estimated at as much as $8,500. Fedging would cost up to $44,000; the bushy trees up to $16,000.

Hamilton police Sgt. Myra James said surveillance cameras are an effective deterrent. Word would get out quickly among vandals and they would move to another area.

Jackson said the anti-graffiti measures will be a pilot project which could be implemented in other parts of the city to battle vandalism.

Security cameras planned for two Hamilton Mountain parks

News Mar 09, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Security cameras are likely to be installed in two east Mountain parks this summer in an attempt to halt graffiti vandalism.

They’ll be installed along fence lines at Fay and Lisgar parks, barring any legal or privacy issues that may derail the plan, said Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson after a public meeting Monday night.

Property owners next to the parks will also have the option of having anti-graffiti paint, which causes spray paint to drip and is easier to clean, applied on their fences.

Cameras and paint are a different solution than was proposed to affected homeowners at a public meeting last summer. At the time, plans were made for “fedges” — tightly planted willow hedges to form a fence — to be installed in front of wood fences to take away any potential canvasses for graffiti vandals.

At Monday’s meeting, the five residents in attendance favoured the camera and paint options.

An option involving bushy deciduous trees, which would not provide an immediate screen, was turned down.

The fedge option will still be available after testing the effectiveness of cameras and paint, said Jackson.

Each camera will cost between $6,500 and $8,500. Painting all privacy fences in both parks is estimated at as much as $8,500. Fedging would cost up to $44,000; the bushy trees up to $16,000.

Hamilton police Sgt. Myra James said surveillance cameras are an effective deterrent. Word would get out quickly among vandals and they would move to another area.

Jackson said the anti-graffiti measures will be a pilot project which could be implemented in other parts of the city to battle vandalism.

Security cameras planned for two Hamilton Mountain parks

News Mar 09, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Security cameras are likely to be installed in two east Mountain parks this summer in an attempt to halt graffiti vandalism.

They’ll be installed along fence lines at Fay and Lisgar parks, barring any legal or privacy issues that may derail the plan, said Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson after a public meeting Monday night.

Property owners next to the parks will also have the option of having anti-graffiti paint, which causes spray paint to drip and is easier to clean, applied on their fences.

Cameras and paint are a different solution than was proposed to affected homeowners at a public meeting last summer. At the time, plans were made for “fedges” — tightly planted willow hedges to form a fence — to be installed in front of wood fences to take away any potential canvasses for graffiti vandals.

At Monday’s meeting, the five residents in attendance favoured the camera and paint options.

An option involving bushy deciduous trees, which would not provide an immediate screen, was turned down.

The fedge option will still be available after testing the effectiveness of cameras and paint, said Jackson.

Each camera will cost between $6,500 and $8,500. Painting all privacy fences in both parks is estimated at as much as $8,500. Fedging would cost up to $44,000; the bushy trees up to $16,000.

Hamilton police Sgt. Myra James said surveillance cameras are an effective deterrent. Word would get out quickly among vandals and they would move to another area.

Jackson said the anti-graffiti measures will be a pilot project which could be implemented in other parts of the city to battle vandalism.