Recent reported thefts from the honor vaults at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) operated Rough River Lake boat ramps have led to the installation of security cameras in these locations.
These cameras were installed because there has been evidence of theft out of the honor vaults, in which boat ramp use fees are deposited, the USACE announced on its Facebook page.
The USACE has recently received reports of individuals fishing through the honor vaults to steal money from them, said Diane Stratton, USACE project manager for Rough River Lake.
“These cameras were installed because we know there has been money stolen from the honor vaults,” the USACE wrote. “When people do not pay their [ramps’] use fees, they are stealing from the honest people who take the time and do pay. These fees help keep lights on at the ramps, courtesy docks available, and restrooms open. This is also why we do not normally charge ramp use fees in January and February because the restrooms are closed.”
The security cameras will also serve to provide additional security for boat ramp users depositing payments in the honor vaults, Stratton said.
Individuals who witness suspicious activity in any of the public lands at Rough River Lake—locations such as campgrounds, boat ramps, beaches, shelters, trails, or shorelines—are encouraged to contact the USACE.
To do so, call 270-257-2061 or 270-205-8298 (if someone is on duty after hours). Individuals who report suspicious activity may remain anonymous.
“We strive to keep our parks and lake in the best conditions that we possibly can and rely [on] the public to help us catch people who do not respect our lake and facilities,” the USACE wrote.
The USACE also added that those who do not wish to pay the boat ramp fee have the option to use one of the free subdivision ramps or the state operated ramp at the State Park Marina.