Theft plagues Greece as people continue to suffer
The Kansas City Star
Theft of public property such as bronze plaques, copper roofing and wiring indicate how bad the economy is and how much people are suffering.
The Associated Press reports that Greece is feeling it in the theft of metal in public places being sold for scrap, feeding the ravenous demand for such material in China and India. Authorities now arrest an average of four metal thieves every day compared with a few cases every month before the financial crisis began in 2009.
Those arrested also now are more Greeks who are struggling to survive instead of mostly gypsies and immigrants living on the edge.
It’s more than an economic problem. It also creates safety concerns for people using roads, mass transit, parks and othe public spaces.
Metal theft isn’t Greek to Kansas City. This town, like many other cities, has been hit with thieves taking manhole covers, metal catch basins, plaques, wiring and roofing from area parks and other public places. It shows how desperate some people have become as they struggle to stay afloat.
But their woes create harmful situations for many others, and that has to stop.