Recycling thieves hitting the neighborhoods?

This may have already been a topic of discussion and if so, I apologize.

Has anyone else noticed and/or been disturbed by groups of people going through the recycling bins in their neighborhood?

We were awakened by three such individuals (including a child) at about 2 a.m. today. They certainly didn't hold back on the noise they made, including yelling, as they were going through the 32-gallon can we use for recycling.

I called the police, mostly because if I'm paying a trash fee and getting a discount on that fee for recycling, I'm going to make damn sure that the bin has recyclables in it come morning. Plus they pissed me off when they woke me up.

What surprised me was the reaction of the police. I figured I'd be brushed off, but they not only told me they'd send someone out, they called me BACK for additional information about the vehicle that the people took off in.

This made me wonder if this is becoming a problem throughout the city, and I'm also curious what people think about it. Given that someone can be slapped with a $50 fine if they're not recycling when they've pledged to do so, I would think that it would cause some concern.

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The thieves are everywhere. Somebody stole the copper awning from the Old Roadhouse Inn on Erie St. It had been removed for renovation and was lying in the back of the building. The Sign and Neon place on the Trail lost its air conditioning unit located on the ground beside the building. The list goes on and on. The local recycling companies should be held responsible for buying this kind of stuff from obviously shady characters. I've even heard of empty beer kegs being brought in by homeless people for sale to the recyclers. It's terrible that they would accept kegs that they have to know were stolen.

A month ago I found that the contents of my entire recycling bin were taken. I don't care one way or another, but that WAS peculiar since they ended up with a bunch of worthless plastic and steel. They may have seen a few alum. cans and misc items poking up, and figured it was best to just take the entire thing.

I really don't consider that theft for my own stuff. They can take my recyclables all they want. However, taking awnings, cable rolls and air conditioners should lead to the brandishing of firearms. It's outright theft.

Since foreclosures are rising, we're ending up with more vacant properties in Toledo. I've already spoken with a couple homeowners (well, homeDEBTors, mostly) who have noted the vacancies, and they're are on watch for commodity theft. I applaud their looking after neighboring properties, cutting the grass, etc. but I'll make the same statement that I made to them: Don't just watch thieves strip siding, etc., and think that a call to the police will stop it. Arrive onsite with a weapon and put a stop to it. You have every right to stop the committing of a crime. If you don't, the thieves well know that the police really don't have the resources to chase them all. They will just finish the theft and then leave, while the spineless residents stand around fretting about being sued for getting involved. GET INVOLVED before it gets so bad that a roving gang much emboldened by our cultural cowardice just burns you out of your home anyway.

It costs cities big bucks on the overhead to maintain a recycling program. With less recycled material they collect, the greater erosion to offset the overhead. In a nutshell, without the ability to generate greater revenue from collected material, cities are forced to add levies to make up the difference these people take from the recycle bins.

Some time between last fall and this spring someone came through my neighbor hood and stole the copper pipe between my house and my air conditioning unit.

As a matter of fact they got at least 10 houses on my street. Since I hadn't turned on the air of the year the only reason I found out when I did was that a neighbor across the street pointed it out.

It cost me over $200 to fix because someone took $3 in copper pipe.

While the leadership fiddles and diddles people resort to stealing of recyclables to live.

There is a former bar on Central Ave. that has been completely stripped of all siding and the owner(s) of the property do little to further protect the property from more damage.

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