Woman pleads for cameras to be installed after being robbed
SUNSHINE Coast woman Melinda Bingley has taken to Facebook in a bid to get cameras installed at all of the Glasshouse Mountain carparks.
Ms Bingley wanted to give solo walkers peace of mind by erecting cameras after she was robbed at the Wild Horse Mountain carpark.
"Yesterday, just like another day for me, as I pretty much climb mountains every week, when I arrived at Wild Horse Mountain carpark there were two cars with three people and yep they looked dodgy," she wrote in her post.
"I didn't trust my instinct, I was in my go mode and didn't stop, breathe, and check in with my gut feel.
"One of the guys came and spoke to me, had a good yarn, which gave me peace not to judge and they were just probably camping illegally, so off myself and two other ladies went walking which was only a 15min walk up."
"I blocked away any negative thoughts though I really was ignoring my intuition. On a positive note they waited until we walked up the lookout and then broke into my car. I don't even want to think about what they could of done instead, and I don't even want to think what if I was alone as I do hike solo a lot.
"Another positive is I don't ever leave valuables in my car as I am aware people tend to steal from cars at these locations, and this has happened to me before about three or four years ago at Mount Beerburrum carpark.
"It has happened to many people I know over the years and the fact is you can't carry everything with you up a mountain. Sadly I got over $7000 worth of stuff stolen yesterday, not those little valuables I always carry with me but the big things I never thought would be looked at, a big camper fridge with a full days worth of healthy food/drinks for three people and change of clothes and other items that I didn't think was valuable.
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"I didn't let it wreck my day, I continued on with my climbing yesterday and I continued to smile because life is beautiful. Though what now? Do I and you live in fear of cars being broken into?
"No, no, no. I am speaking up, what if council put in webcams at these locations to avoid these bad people from doing this again and again and again? Enough is enough. I love the Sunshine Coast and I love the mountains and I want to keep encouraging people to get outdoors and feel safe. Yesterday I felt violated, angry and frustrated and I don't want anyone else to feel this.
Ms Bingley's post has currently been shared more than 200 times.
"Only positive can come from it," she said.
"It is positive investment into the Sunshine Coast, it will only encourage locals and visitors to feel safer and more confident to get outdoors. I do understand that it doesn't matter where you are in the world, these things happen, though I am tired of these things happening here and I trust yesterday happened so I can be a voice to create change in a positive way."
Sunshine Coast Council however are not in the position to erect the cameras in the car park as they are State Government owned.