Security Cameras and Steel Grilles to Deter Future Theft Men’s Shed | border mail


A number of businesses and border organizations have boosted security and morale at the Albury Men’s Shed, after their center was robbed three times in four years. Early last month, thieves broke into the Jelbart Park building in Lavington, stealing a television, defibrillator, first aid supplies and beer from a fridge. But, since then, the Men’s Shed has been inundated with donations from the community, including an eight-camera security system, new lights and power outlets, a new computer, steel to make security gates in steel, Bunning vouchers and red rubber stamp tiles. Men’s Shed chairman Les Parlane said the donations have made a huge difference to the members of the group. “It’s a huge sum because we have limited funds,” he said. “We try to keep some funds available to run the hangar for three years and it’s all self-funded by the members plus all the donations we get and help out. So that’s very important to us and it also means that now our building is secure and there is a camera and alarms which makes our job a lot easier. IN OTHER NEWS: Albury Business Next Generation Energy has partnered with electricity wholesaler AWM to supply and install the Men’s Shed with its security system. NGN manager Daniel Ladgrove said the company wanted to support the group after having read about the thefts in The Border Mail. “We started this year saying we wanted to strengthen our community work, we wanted to do one thing a month,” he said. “We’ve seen the story in The Border Mail and I thought that was something we could help with right away. “With AWM who is a wholesaler that we use, we contacted them to see if they could help us; they paid for half of the security system and we paid the other half and then we supplied three or four guys to install it over a couple of days.” Mr Ladgrove said installing the eight-camera security system and installing additional lights and power outlets in the Men’s Shed cost around $5,000 in total. “If it’s broken into a fourth time, at least they can see what’s going on,” he said. “It’s a good thing they’re doing there for all these men who are retired… I was talking to a few there and they were former builders and foremen and things like that.” Once you quit a job, you can be bored at home and pretty depressed, so they’re all out there having fun, tinkering with tools and stuff, so that’s a good initiative they have. Mr. Parlane thanked the Albury North Rotary Club for donating the steel and computer, Norris Park IGA for donating the morning tea and Bunnings Albury. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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