City to add 19 more surveilence cameras in Kapolei, Makakilo parks

Published On: Jul 25 2014 05:47:24 PM HST   Updated On: Jul 25 2014 10:06:09 PM HST

 Just this week, vandals on Kauai tore out a section of newly installed astroturf at Koloa Ball Park. Last month, they shattered a toliet.

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In East Honolulu, Kamiloiki park was left in shambles recently with a damaged fence, drinking fountain and uprooted trees that had just been planted.

Now, the city is moving to install 19 surveilance cameras in four parks in Makakilo and Kapolei.

While some folks may be bothered by Big Brother watching, families we talked to say they are willing to give up some privacy, if it will help prevent damage to park property.

"That's the one problem, you go to a lot of the parks and you go to the bathroom and there's no toilet paper, and it’s vandalized. It’s horrible, you know," said Magilla Sumida.

Jaime Donato brings her little sisters to Kamokila Community Park all the time.

She wasn’t aware there were already some cameras installed in the area but said she's okay with it.

"It's is a bother, but for the right reasons for the community, for the kids,"said Donato.     

The city will add three more surveilance cameras at the Kapolei park with plans to add an additional 12 in two other parks in Makakilo.

The Makakilo Community Park already has four cameras.

They were installed two years ago thanks to  $11,000 in seed money from Palehua Community Association.

But city park workers say even with the cameras in they are still having problems. Just recently someone vandalized a city truck, taking not only batteries, but fuel.

 The eight other extra eyes will add additional coverage for the buildings as well as the parking lot, in an attempt to deter thieves from breaking in to cars that belong to staff and park users.

Families say they just want to enjoy the facilities that their tax dollars pay for, like the unusual covered play area for little ones you don’t see at many parks.

"They bring new tables new things and they keep it nice, so I am pretty much in favor of  more cameras," said Donato.

"I come here with my grandson and it’s generally always really nice,” said Sumida.

A number of parks on the leeward coast and the north shore already have some cameras in place.

The idea of security cameras in city parks as a deterrent to crime was floated ten years ago, by then Police Chief Boisse Correa, but funding has been a challenge.

In the case of Kauai, none of the county parks are equipped with security cameras.

If anyone has any information about those recent cases of vandalism, you are being asked to call Crimestoppers.



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