My Town Coopersville: City to install security gates to deter thieves | Crime
COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville city council members have approved plans to install security gates around the Department of Public Works, after another break-in at the site.
City Manager Steven Patrick says someone recently stole more than $1,000 worth of parts for guard rails that were to be installed at the waste water treatment plant. It’s unclear when the crime took place, but Patrick suspects it happened within the past month. Patrick says the city is filing a claim with its insurance company to cover the cost of the stolen parts, but the city must still meet its deductible.
Patrick says the DPW garage has been broken into in years’ past; thieves then took equipment worth more than $5,000.
The new security plans call for installing fencing on three sides of the building and including electronic key access at one entryway. The project cost will come out of the city’s general budget.
Patrick says the city may consider adding surveillance cameras in the future, but officials are hopeful the new fences will deter burglars.