City playgrounds robbed of play equipment

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Several community playgrounds across the City of Rockingham have had expensive 'birds nest' swings stolen.

City of Rockingham said the multi-user birds nest swings were the target of thieves with several stolen from playgrounds across the city.

Parks and reserves in Baldivis, Secret Harbour, Waikiki and Golden Bay have all been left without the expensive equipment, leaving the City no choice but to temporarily replace them with conventional swings so children have something to play on. 

New birds nest swings will be installed over coming months, but will cost $3,000 each with ratepayers to bear a considerable cost as a result of the thefts.  

Birds nest swings are very popular with children because they can swing alone, with a friend or in small groups, and they can swing from side to side and around in circles, as well as the traditional forwards and backwards motion. 

Mayor Barry Sammels said he was disappointed that local children were being denied the opportunity to enjoy these popular pieces of recreational equipment due to the brazen thefts from local parks. 

“The City puts time effort and money into making our playgrounds appealing, and to have people steal something like this is very disappointing,” he said.  

“The kids love these swings. Unfortunately thieves are spoiling the fun.” 

Mayor Sammels said because of the size and weight of the swings thieves would have likely used bolt cutters or similar items to remove the swings from mountings. 

"These are premium pieces of recreational equipment and they should be in public places for everyone to enjoy. So if you’ve seen anything suspicious, or see one of them for sale on the internet or appear in someone’s backyard please contact Crimestoppers.”

Reports can be made to Crimestoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000. Alternatively callers can contact the police incident line on 131 444 and provide their details.

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