Increased surveillance and vigilance by Port Hardy residents has resulted in the return of some of the district’s missing plants, the arrest of the alleged vandals of the Estuary Pavilion and identification of those responsible for defacing the Welcome to Port Hardy sign at the airport.
“The District has been working closely with the RCMP to implement its new surveillance program, which uses infrared video technology to monitor high traffic areas, as well as areas where vandalism or theft has occurred,” said Mayor Bev Parnham, who noted the district has a reward system in place, which allows members of the community to anonymously report crimes and receive a reward.
“Three individuals qualified for a reward in the last couple of weeks,” she said.
“We appreciate their efforts in helping us to create a safe and attractive community that we can all be proud of.”
District arborist and horticulturist, Rui Veloso says the vandalism is taking its toll on the morale of his crew.
“A great deal of planning, resources, and hard work, goes into the development, and maintenance of Port Hardy’s Parks and Gardens,” said Veloso.
“So it is disappointing and disheartening when an individual decides to steal plants that belong to everyone in Port Hardy. As the District’s gardener, it is wonderful to have the missing plants recovered, and replanted back where they belong.
“It is also amazing how much concern and support, the residents of Port Hardy have shown over this issue – thanks everyone,” he adds.
Anyone with information on vandalism and theft are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Rewards of up to $1000 are offered for information leading to arrest and conviction.