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Anna investing in security cameras to protect park

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ANNA -- City leaders in Anna are considering investing in security cameras to help protect the Anna City Park community.

"We don't want people to feel scared to come to the park because of the vandalism or something that happens out there," said Anna Mayor Steve Hartline.

It could cost nearly 10-thousand dollars to make it happen, but parents like Marlena Wright, called it worth the cost. Wright hopes it helps stop vandals from damaging the park.

"I can't believe people would do it because I mean these are your kids and you want a nice place for them to play and have fun and you don't need to see that graffiti," Wright said.

The park serves many purposes from youth and high school sports to the Union County fair.

"I'm happy to have it," Wright said. "We're playing football tonight, there's a lot of potential here but I'd say we'd probably get more involvement if we quit having the graffiti."

City leaders have known about the problem for some time and want to fix it.

"We have put in a lot of money and effort to the city to renovate it and make it look good, and we've been having a lot of vandalism problems out there for the last several years," Hartline said.

At the suggestion of the police department, Anna City Council members have begun looking into security cameras at the park. It's a move that brings some ease to families.

"I know everything is tight with the city but I think it is [worth it] because it needs to be stopped and I think it would be a good idea," Wright said.

That way she can continue visiting the park with her 6-year-old son in peace.

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