Vandalism, graffiti and trash have been a problem over the years at the veteran’s memorial park in Grass Valley. Local veterans had enough and wanted surveillance equipment installed to catch those doing the damage. That was costing the local veterans repair costs and general disappointment at the disrespect shown for those who fought and served as Ron Montgomery explains.
“When we’re over there, we make it a point to talk to the people at the park to explain to them the significance and importance of these memorials because they represent those who fought and some of them died in the service of their country to protect our freedoms and we think that that area deserves a special respect. For those of us that are wartime veterans, it’s a sacred area and we want to do whatever we can to preserve it.”
On September 9th 3 digital color infra-red cameras were installed by Bay Area company, Keeping It Focused, They also installed similar devices at the grass valley police station and juvenile hall. And are the cameras deterring vandalism? Montgomery says yes.
“We’ve had absolutely no vandalism. We’ve had no new graffiti and the littering has dropped off probably by 90% since the cameras were installed.”
A 4th camera will be installed shortly to provide complete coverage of even outlying areas of the park. All the equipment was donated by Jim Sullivan, the owner of the company.