Sunday, May 6, 2012
Metal thieves take anything not nailed down
The hunt is on for iron tree guards that have gone missing from Manhattan's Restaurant Row.
The Times Square Alliance says more than 20 iron guards on 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues disappeared last weekend.
Sources say there is a chance the guards were removed to accommodate work on the block, but they are not yet ruling out theft.
The alliance wonders whether the missing guards are connected to a pattern of stolen manhole covers.
At our last meeting we discussed the problem of missing fire hydrant caps that are being stolen by metal scrappers. I happened to see a fire engine outside of Frank's deli today and stopped to ask how important it was that the hydrants have caps. The fireman told me that fire hydrant caps are necessary to keep the "threads" on the hydrant from rusting. If there is a fire and there are rusted threads they will have a problem attaching the hose when there's a fire and every minute counts. A delay in response could result in the loss of life or property! Here's what he said:
Call 311 and have them report it to the Department of Environmental Protection. Be sure to have the address nearest to the hydrant. If they hydrant isn't near an address, provide the street and cross streets.
He said some fire houses have a supply of hydrant caps. You could stop by with the address to see if they might be able to replace it.