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Published July 5, 2017

Street signs still being stolen

CAMDEN COUNTY - For the second time this year the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) is warning of the dangers (and the costs) of stealing road signs.

“Since the beginning of the year, we have had over $45,000 in roadway signs stolen. That of course includes materials and labor,” as CCSD spokesman said. “Not all the signs are being stolen by inconsiderate individuals who think the names are cute and would look good displayed in their home or dorm room.”

The majority of the signs and poles are being stolen by “scrappers” who then make a few dollars off of them by selling them as scrap metal.

“These people are willing to risk the lives of your family and friends for a piece of aluminum and the post it is attached to,” said the spokesman.

Though it may not be a serious crime, the theft of road signs can be a safety hazard and may delay emergency personnel from arriving in a timely manner to render aid to someone.

“We want to remind everyone that it is a safety issue when signs are removed. Emergency responders rely on the signage when responding to emergency calls,” said CCSD Lt. Arlyne M. Page earlier this year. “Also, your taxes help pay for the signs as well as those employed to put them up.”

The majority of scrap yards will notify law enforcement if these items come in for scrapping, however, there are those businesses out there that the thieves know about that will not report them. The CCSD is asking for the public’s help to find the thieves and put them behind bars “where they could stare at metal all day,” the spokesman said.
 

The CCSD stated that certain personnel have to neglect their regular duties to help fix the problems caused by the thieves.

“If you have wondered where your Animal Control Officer is, he’s having to help install signs,” said the spokesman.

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