UNHAPPY HIKERS: Banora Point locals Bianca Britton and Nathan Blaszczak want CCTV cameras at Mt Warning after their car window was smashed and their car ransacked.
UNHAPPY HIKERS: Banora Point locals Bianca Britton and Nathan Blaszczak want CCTV cameras at Mt Warning after their car window was smashed and their car ransacked. Scott Powick

Call for Mount Warning security

HIKERS whose trek up Mt Warning was soured when they discovered their car had been broken into, have called for increased security at the popular tourist destination.

Tweed residents Bianca Britton and Nathan Blaszczak climbed the mountain early last Tuesday morning, returning about 9.30am to find their car, parked at the base of the track had been broken into. Two other cars had also been targeted.

The front passenger window of Ms Britton’s car had been smashed, with her phone and Mr Blaszczak’s wallet stolen from inside. The thieves also tried to take the stereo but failed, damaging it in the process.

Ms Britton, who had never climbed the summit before, said she wasn’t planning to return again in a hurry and was concerned the thefts would give the region a bad reputation.

“The local people in the caravan park said it happens regularly,” Ms Britton said.

“It’s just sad because it’s the biggest tourist attraction here.”

Both victims appealed for increased security at the busy Mt Warning carpark, with cameras or extra ranger patrols.

“Everyone knows about it but nothing’s done,” Mr Blaszczak said.

Tweed/Byron LAC Inspector Gary Cowan said thefts from cars there were nothing new and urged hikers to avoid leaving any valuables in their cars.



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