Upgrades bring welcome security to alarming housing situation

A YEAR-LONG spate of dumped syringes and car break-ins had residents of a Werrington social housing complex fearing to set foot outside their homes.

Now, thanks to major safety and security improvements to the five-year-old Albert St facility, residents can rest easy, knowing unwanted visitors can’t get in.

“I’ve only been here a year-and-a-half and in that year-and-a-half both our cars have been broken into,” tenant Sean Bell said. “(Other residents) have had their (car) windows smashed, one had all his wheels taken off.”

Single mum Tracey Drew said she had seen plenty of used needles in the common area and was afraid her son may step on one.

The pair blamed the anti-social behaviour, including recurring vandalism, on people who visited the complex.

That has now turned around thanks to the upgrade by Mission Australia, which included the installation of sensor lighting, extra security cameras and signage, security peep holes in all unit doors, as well as security and garage door upgrades­.

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