Monday, February 27, 2012
Could Local Councils Have Inspired Metal Thievery?
Metal thievery seeped into the media mostly in regards to rail tracks being affected. It was threatened that the culprits were running a risk of electrocution. But does thieves really care about risks? Very little. Stealing at that level is probably not easy and what is well known is that criminals are usually one-step ahead in their game...well, in most cases of course.
But this can be linked to the moment local councils strangely renamed metal barriers [that used to safe-guard pedestrians from cars] into 'Street Furnitures', other than guiderails by which they were known. It was strange indeed.
A case in point is Hackney where these metals were ripped off in a speed of light. Pedestrians became free wind-blown objects in the street. In fact, as a cyclist, it became even more difficult [for me and others] to cycle through busy roads like Stoke Newington High Street, North London where pedestrians sauntered on and off the road at free will.
And it was not only those [safety barriers] metals were removed but others like railings in parks, and god-knows where else. So then followed the thievery which rather extended the [metal] harvesting. One could easily suspect that these thieves probably started harvesting alongside Councils and either went unnoticed or rather that the Councils decided to keep quiet as that would have raised awareness of their own official thievery of a public collective safety infrastructures. Or on other hand, the councils did not notice when thieves took them since councils did not consult residents hence were also stealing the items and did not want to raise the issue widely.
Removing those metals might have pointed thieves to a lucrative business, enlivened the market for it and thus drove demand. Of course, it is a known fact that any such unique occurrence will drive demand; just like drugs, smuggled items and addition.
Some of the Local Councils are still harvesting. The thieves has gone on to visit graveyards, churches, rail tracks, transport infrastructures and wherever possible there are metals left in the public. May be, Councils should also be prosecuted for not consulting local residents before renaming these antiquities and other safety metals on public spaces and doing away with them. It would surely not be an assumption to imagine that these metals were ever accounted for in those Councils' financial statement ever since then.