A number of drain covers being stolen in Porirua represents a potential danger to pedestrians and cyclists, and is a cost the city council can ill-afford.
That’s the message from mayor Nick Leggett after he got word four of the cast iron covers were prised off in one street in Takapuwahia on the night of December 9. Council staff have told him 18 have been taken in the past month alone.
While the scrap value for the covers is low, the large number stolen have cost about $10,000 to replace.
‘‘I think it is something worth highlighting because there is a danger someone, especially kids, could fall in these holes, not to mention the annoyance for cyclists and cars. It’s a significant cost to the council, as new ones have to be cast, and I’m sure ratepayers don’t want that.’’
Mr Leggett is asking that residents be on the lookout and report any suspicious activity. ‘‘I’d like these people caught and stopped.’’ Porirua City Council’s general manager of asset management and operations Peter Bailey says these types of drain covers are easy to lift up and can be found throughout the city. He said he was disappointed at the theft of them, especially as there is not much return for the thieves.
‘‘They’re probably being smashed up but I don’t imagine they’ll be getting a lot of return for them.’’
Cover us: Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett in Te Arataura St, Takapuwahia, last week, where four of the drain covers were stolen.