FARMINGTON -- In response to some vandalism that resulted in thousands of dollars worth of property damage, the Davis County Commission on Tuesday approved nearly $22,000 in electronic security camera upgrades for the two county-owned golf courses.
The county owns and operates Davis Park Golf Course in Fruit Heights and Valley View Golf Course in Layton. Both are 18-hole public courses.
This summer, Valley View Golf Course sustained about $10,000 worth of property damage to two of its fairways after someone stole an on-site tractor and tore up the grass.
The incident occurred sometime between 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, when an individual or individuals stole a vehicle with an aeration trailer attached, then drove it around, causing damage to the course's No. 6 and No. 8 fairways, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
The golf course superintendent assessed the damage at about $10,000.
To deter such acts from occurring in the future the commission has approved an agreement effective immediately with Stanley Convergent Security Solutions for a electronic security system that can be integrated with what electronic security is already in place at the courses.
The county will pay $12,251.86 to upgrade the camera equipment at Valley View and $9,672 for security camera upgrades at Davis Park.
At Valley View the system upgrade will center around the course maintenance shed where vandalism issues have been occurring, said Mark Langston, Davis County Information Systems Director.
"We're going to be covering (the area) down at the shops," Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.
"We don't want anybody horsing around down there," Petroff said.
Not only is the course equipment valuable, he said, but so is the course.
According to police, the last time Valley View was vandalized, it involved the use of a tractor that had been parked outside of a course maintenance shed.
It was not determined how the vandals got the tractor started, police said. The course operators indicated to police they are not aware of anyone who might have a key.
Police believe those responsible for the crime gained entry to the course at 2501 E. Gentile Street from the area of 2375 E. 1200 North.
A similar incident involving vandalism occurred at the same course on April 27, Horton said.
Police suspect the crimes may be related because the previous incident also involved course damage caused by a maintenance tractor.
Valley View Head Professional Dustin Volk said the April 27 vandalism didn't result in as much damage.
Volk said he suspects the two vandalism incidents are related because they occurred roughly in the same area on the course.
"Who it is not fair to is the customer who comes to support us," Volk said of the malicious destruction that was done all for "a night of fun."
County officials do not suspect the vandalism stems from someone who has a vendetta against the county.
"We don't have any reason to think it is anything else than kids playing around," Petroff said.
Whoever vandalized the course has yet to be caught, Petroff said, but he believes they will be.
Anyone with information about the crimes are asked to contact Layton police or visit its tip line at www.laytoncity.org.
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