Edison, NJ - Edison Police are investigating signs of vandalism that occurred at the Edison Boat Basin on Thursday.
According to Sally Yabra , who serves on the Edison Township Environmental Commission, individuals set off fireworks in a trash can at the site, leading to the melting of the trash can and leaving an assortment of debris.
By early Friday morning, the Township had sent in workers to clean up the trash that had been left behind, although the graffiti had not yet been cleaned up according to Ms. Yabra.
Ms. Yabra said that she and other residents are asking the Township for increased patrols of the area, which she says has been a target for vandalism. They are also asking the Township to install security cameras.
According to Ms. Yabra, individuals have been destroying plant life in the area by driving over it, spraying graffiti over large areas, and most recently lighting fireworks in the trash can.
The Basin is one of six districts within the Township where Edison Police have already deployed resources, according to Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan.
“There are six districts in Edison Township where we deploy our resources, so they’re most effective and efficient in problem areas, that being one of them,” he told TAPinto Edison. “We have our street crime unit, which is working and combats quality of life issues also, which could be vandalism and other crimes against our residents of that nature.”
But Ms. Yabra stated that she and many local residents are not satisfied. “If officers were patrolling the area how come they couldn’t hear the fireworks,” Ms. Yabra asked. “We’ve been working on the Basin for some time now. The truth is the Township is not putting the money in.”
One local lawmaker is also calling for additional funding for the area. “The Basin has the potential to be a place where Edison families can get together. It has real potential,” said Councilman Joseph Coyle.
“Last year, I made a presentation to the Council on the state of our parks, and the Basin was a part of that presentation. We need to invest in the Basin, clean it up, put up security cameras, change the signage, and make it a place that attracts events. Its a beautiful site that is being under utilized,” he said.
Ms.Yabra told Tapinto Edison that she had reached out to Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey requesting security cameras two months ago, but has not heard back.
“It’s embarrassing for me to ask the kids to clean that mess up right now, because we just had a cleanup and all their hard work went down the drain,” said Ms. Yabra, who said that the Edison Boat Basin and River Walk hosts two clean ups a year. “Why waste our energy when the Township is not going to help at all.”
Mr. Lankey has not returned a request for comment.