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Resident expresses concern about rec center security

Scott Seitz2 • Jul 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A local resident expressed concern after an incident involving theft Sunday at the Ernsthausen Community Center.

The resident, through email, explained her husband's vehicle was entered while parked at the community center after the suspect found the husband's keys in his locker.

"They found his wallet and emptied it and took his (cigarettes)," she wrote.

"The police were called and a report was filed, only to find out that not only is their video system down, but it has been down for quite some time," she added.

However, Joe Lindenberger, parks and recreation superintendent, told the Reflector that the rec center's video system was not down. And the parking lot has never had cameras, he added.

"We feel terrible if someone has something taken at the community center," Lindenberger said. "People definitely need to protect their belongings and always lock your belongings in a public locker room."

Lindenberger then described the center's camera system.

"We do not have a parking lot camera," Lindenberger said. "We've talked about getting one, but that would cost $1,000 or maybe more. It depends on if you want the camera to pan or remain stationary."

The community center has 10 cameras set up inside.

"I feel real good about the cameras we have," Lindenberger said.

"We have cameras in the lobby, pool, track, hot tub, playground and aerobic room," he said.

Lindenberger didn't provide specific details, but added if thefts continue at the community center the staff will set up "locker traps" to try and catch suspects.

"There are different methods we can use," he said.

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