GARY, Ind. (AP) - State police and the Indiana Department of
Transportation say public safety is being endangered by metal scrappers.
The state officials say the problems persist despite
additional security measures and the dangers scrappers face by stealing live
electrical wires. They say the thefts lead to darkened highways, threatening
the safety of drivers.
They also say highway lighting wire theft in Indiana has cost
taxpayers more than $300,000 in repair and replacement costs. They are
asking for the publicís help, asking people if they see anyone around
highway lighting poles to call state police or 911.
State police say they have increased patrols around highway
lighting to try to combat the problem and INDOT crews are patrolling the
hardest hit areas day and night.