Friday, April 22, 2016

Caps getting copped by metal thieves

From CBS 2:

New Yorkers are growing concerned about caps on fire hydrants mysteriously disappearing.

State Sen. Tony Avella told CBS2’s Ali Bauman that fire hydrants in Queens are missing their caps and putting residents in danger.

“It’s almost like a ‘Hardy Boy’ mystery, the case of the missing fire hydrant caps,” Avella told CBS2.

Avella has been on the case since November, sending letters to the Department of Environmental Protection and the FDNY. He said the letters have gone unanswered and each day without a solution puts the Queens community in danger.

“The firefighters have a two or three minute delay hooking up the hose, somebody could die,” Avella said.

However, the DEP said it responds to any reports to 311 of missing fire hydrant caps and the FDNY inspects every fire hydrant in the city and replaces any missing cap.

Avella said he’s seen this all over the neighborhood. CBS2 counted at least five hydrants missing caps.


Anonymous said...

I've called 311 for the caps missing around my house, but almost every other fire hydrant has missing caps. They need to do a better job inspecting the hydrants and figuring out a way to prevent them from being stolen.

Anonymous said...

Inspect the local scrap metal shops and if any of them have hydrant caps arrest them for receiving stolen goods.

Anonymous said...

they will stop being stolen when you get rid of the theirs.

Anonymous said...

Anon no. 3:

What are you saying?

Rick D said...

The steel curb pieces by the street sewers were being stolen in Bellerose and Queens Village a few years ago. DEP replaced most of them pretty quickly, mainly (probably) to prevent someone from falling in.

I wonder if someone visited the junk yards and gave them a heads-up that they were going to be watched.

Anonymous said...

WTF do they want these for? It's not like they're made of copper or brass.

Anonymous said...

Avella s on EVERY case. He must have an idea to run for mayor again.