Plastic warning signs in Surrey to deter metal thieves
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Plastic warning signs have replaced metal ones on roads in Surrey to deter thieves stealing them for their scrap value.
Surrey County Council says it has been forced to install 16 plastic safety signs, which have no sell-on value, after aluminium signs featuring street names, chevrons and turns went missing across the county.
The council said the total cost of replacing the signs will be about £16,000.
Signs have been taken from Woking, Egham, Chertsey, Camberley, Dorking, Capel and Headley.
Around 40 manhole and drain covers have also been reported stolen, again believed to be for their metal value.
Ian Lake, the council's cabinet member for transport, said the thefts were "stupid beyond belief".
"These signs and manhole covers are put there for people's safety and to steal them for the sake of a few pounds is reckless and irresponsible," he said.
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