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Metal thieves cause 60 000 LVL of damage to Riga's infrastructure

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Last year, more than 60 000 LVL worth of metal parts was stolen from city streets and bridges in Riga.

Thieves were active the most on Riga’s bridges and traffic routes, stealing more than 200 m of containment rails there. This caused the capital losses worth 30 000 LVL, according to the data from the Transport Department of Riga City Council.

Rainwater gutters and sewer covers are stolen most often in Latgale, Vidzeme and Kurzeme districts – 389 rainwater gutters and 27 sewer covers were stolen in 2012.

There are fewer cases of metal thievery in Zemgale and Ziemeli districts – only 12 sewer covers and 69 rainwater gutters were stolen in 2012. There were no cases of thievery registered in the city centre. The total worth of losses is estimated at more than 32 000 LVL.

The most outrageous theft is considered this year’s stolen metal shed of the Instituts public transport stop on February 25. This cost the municipality 1 300 LVL alone, the department reports.

“Law enforcement institutions need to act against buyers of metals that re-sell municipal property,” says acting Director of the Transport Department of Riga City Council Agris Uplejs

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