Boring names bid to stop sign theft
Published 26/09/2010 | 06:48
The commissioner of a rural Georgia county which is losing about 550 street signs a year to thieves has come up with an unusual solution to stop the thefts - making the names boring.
McIntosh County Commissioner Mark Douglas serves a rural county about 60 miles south of Savannah and says signs marking Green Acres, Boone's Farm and Mary Jane Lane are frequently stolen.
He suspects the thieves are targeting those signs because they share names with a popular TV series, a low-cost wine and, in the third case, a slang term for marijuana.
Then there are the stolen signs for Harmony Hill, which Mr Douglas believes the thieves like for the alliteration.
It has become a costly problem, with county manager Luther Smart saying the area pays 17,000 dollars (£10,746) a year to replace the signs.