Policies and measures will be implemented in the near future to help tackle the recent events of theft and vandalism at recreational facilities throughout the territory.
This was revealed by the Director of the BVI Recreational Trust Stephen Payne.
Payne said he believes security measures such as the installation of cameras are not sufficient to deter culprits. He said public education and reminders of why these facilities were created are key to rectifying the problem.
“Those (cameras) are things that you would go and review after a person had done things just to catch the culprit. So in order to mitigate or prevent vandalism, there must be a re-education of posting fines, having dialogue with users to get them to understand that the facilities are built for them and for generations after and they must rethink how they approach the use of the facilities as well as to minimize or totally stop vandalism,” he argued.
Items such as a 1,000-gallon tank and concrete blocks were stolen from the AO Shirley grounds. Payne, however, said those did not impede any of the development or rehabilitation of the facility.
“The blocks were used for the resurfacing of the track and that was completed without any incident. It was the storage of the blocks after. That’s when persons help themselves to them. The tank was there for the shelter that lasted six months in the initial aftermath of the hurricane which was used to store water,” he said.
On the other hand, he said the vandalism done to the Walters Recreational Facility on Virgin Gorda will cost the Trust.
“We are still trying to ascertain the cost into repairs because these were very, very recent. They have not been damaged totally, the damage to that facility was primarily to the paper dispensers, they lit them afire and they damaged the two tank covers. The tanks are still functional however we just can’t replace the covers so we have to replace the entire toilet so we are still trying to crunch the figures to get that done,” Payne said.
“What will happen in the future is that we will have to as a statutory body … sit down and negotiate policies to help curb and prevent theft and vandalism,” Payne further said.
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