Second act of vandalism in year raises ire of owner
A local merchant is calling on the town to install security cameras on Main Street after incidents of vandalism at her store.
Downtown merchant Diane Campbell is recommending Parrsboro town council have security cameras installed on Main Street after vandals damaged the door of her store recently. Fire was set to one of her outside window boxes in a separate incident this past summer.
PARRSBORO A local merchant is calling on the town to install security cameras on Main Street after incidents of vandalism at her store.
Diane Campbell, who owns and operates Kens Grocery, told town council at its March 27 monthly session that the door of her store was damaged by vandals last week and that six months ago one of her outdoor window boxes was set on fire.
In a separate incident, a vehicle was damaged by vandals. The owner declined comment in fear of retaliation.
I think a viable option would be to put security cameras on Main Street, she said. If its starting now then its only going to get worse, and Im not the only merchant thats affected.
If someone in the old post office building had not spotted the fire in the window box, the whole side of her building would have been lost, according to Campbell, who was accompanied by other Main Street merchants at the meeting.
She said security cameras would be a cost-effective deterrent to the problem and offered her building as one area to install them.
Mayor Doug Robinson and councillor Gleneida Canning assured her that the towns protective services committee with the local RCMP would raise the issue, and that a recommendation would be brought back to council as soon as possible.
Spring is here, said the mayor. The Lord gave us cold weather to keep them off the streets, so I guess now well have to find something else. But we will act immediately.