Sunshine Coast Council has ruled out security cameras at Caloundra Cemetery
Sunshine Coast Council has ruled out security cameras at Caloundra Cemetery "at this time” despite calls from grieving families. Warren Lynam

Council rules out security cameras after cemetery thefts

SUNSHINE Coast council will not install surveillance cameras at the Caloundra Cemetery despite calls from grieving families.

Several parents issued a plea for increased security at the cemetery after their children's graves were targeted by thieves over the Easter long weekend.

A spokeswoman said council was not considering installing security cameras due to the cemetery being a public space.

"We are very sorry to hear about items being taken from a child's resting place at Caloundra Cemetery,” she said.

"It's extremely upsetting for family members and disappointing that someone would take items without considering the impact on loved ones.

"Incidents such as this are extremely rare and Caloundra cemetery is a public space that is accessible for people to visit at any time, so security cameras are not being considered at this time.”

Deanna Gillbee is disappointed someone has taken items from her son's grave at Caloundra.Deanna is pictured with her daughter Ciarah,9 and son Ryder, 5 months.
Deanne Gillbee with daughter Ciarah, 9, and son Ryder, 5, months at her son, Tyler's grave. Warren Lynam

The spokeswoman said stories such as Deanne Gillbee's, who's baby son's grave was targeted over the weekend, could appeal to the thieves to return the stolen items.

"Hopefully by sharing stories like this with the community we can appeal to the conscience of the person who took the items and they will be returned,” she said.

If anyone experiences or witnesses items being taken from a grave at any of the council's cemeteries please contact council on 5475 7272.