BY ANDREW HOUGH
Residents in the city’s southwest pocket are demanding more lighting and CCTV to keep them safe.
Residents told The City there had been a rise in thefts, property damage and illegal rubbish dumping in the past 12 months around alleyways and streets in areas between Wakefield St and South Tce.
Anna Napper, 27, who lives on the parklands fringe, had her Mazda 323 vandalised two months ago in an attack that also damaged neighbouring vehicles.
“I feel very nervous when the sun goes down as we are on the parklands fringe and it is not very well lit,” Ms Napper said.
Toni Leverink, 39, and her husband Danny, 42, said they were forced to spend $8000 on CCTV cameras after they opened Bici Espresso e Pasticceria on Hutt St last year due to vandalism and theft.
Mrs Leverink said she “absolutely” backed calls for more lighting and security cameras throughout the area.
Alex Antic, a local resident who is seeking election to Adelaide City Council, said the southeast had been the “poor cousin for far too long”.
He said if elected he would lobby for more lighting and security cameras to address vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
“We have seen lighting and CCTV operating cheaply and effectively in other areas around the city. There is no reason why …[it] can’t happen here,” Mr Antic said.