After needles found, apt upgrades security

The playground at the Orchard Glen Apartment on NE 102nd Ave. in Vancouver, Wash., where a boy was stuck by a needle. (KOIN 6)
The playground at the Orchard Glen Apartment on NE 102nd Ave. in Vancouver, Wash., where a boy was stuck by a needle. (KOIN 6)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Two weeks after a KOIN 6 News story about a 9-year-old boy whose finger was pricked by a dirty needle found in an apartment complex playground, property managers stepped up security and will be adding cameras.

Jason Austin, the portfolio manager at Quantum Residential, told KOIN 6 News the security staff will do no fewer than four walk-throughs each day at the Orchard Glen Apartment, NE 102nd Ave. in Vancouver.

He also said security cameras will be added within two weeks, and bushes and shrubs will be trimmed regularly. Several more garbage cans were also added to the area.

Sgt. Fred Neiman with the Clark County Sheriff's Office, May 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Sgt. Fred Neiman with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, May 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Residents told KOIN 6 News the bushes were already trimmed and they’ve noticed an increase in security patrols.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said they would step up their patrols as much as their staffing allows. A meeting with residents is set for 4 p.m. Thursday and deputies promised to respond to dispose of needles that are found if people call 911.

The father of the boy whose finger was pricked said his son will be tested every three months for a year to check for exposure to HIV and hepatitis. Early test results were negative, the father said.

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