The city is ramping up security at a popular Calgary landmark.
Council has voted to double the number of security cameras and increase foot patrols on the Peace Bridge in an effort to combat vandalism.
It comes after two glass hand-rail panels were shattered and cracked.
Mac Logan, transportation manager for the City of Calgary, said vandals are taking advantage of ‘blind spots’ to avoid being seen on camera.
He said vandalism of the popular bridge has cost the city at least $200,000.
“The panels themselves are thousands of dollars every time we have to replace one, plus the labour cost to go out and do that. It’s really frustrating … It’s really annoying in these economic times when we have to spend taxpayers money on fixing unnecessary damage,” Logan said.
The city also recently spent $700,000 to install LED lighting.
Logan said the city is also looking at using more damage-resistant materials, and installing a speaker system that would hopefully deter vandals from loitering in the area.
The Peace Bridge, which has won awards for its design, had a price tag of over $24 million.
With files from Aurelio Perri