MU Has a New Way to Stop Street Sign Thefts

9 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, August 25 2010 Aug 25, 2010 Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:45:59 AM CDT August 25, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA- In the past three weeks, the University of Missouri has been the victim of a rash of street sign thefts.

In this time at least 16 of the 125 street signs--newly colored the school's black and gold--have been stolen.

A MU wrestler was caught on camera stealing a sign.

And the MU Police Department also arrested people attempting to steal a sign last Friday.

The recent thefts have forced MU officials to think of new ways to defend the street signs.

"We have gone back to the drawing board are beefing that up," said MU Campus Facilities representative Karlan Seville.

Last week, Campus Facilities designed and instituted fake street signs into the school's Student Center.

Karlan says she hopes the availability of these signs will deter people from stealing street signs.

But she admits that Campus Facilities planned on thefts happening.

"We're not surprised that some of these signs have been stolen," she said.

Campus Facilities first approached the MU Alumni Association about installing street signs specifically designed for the University around campus.

The Alumni Association agreed to the idea and donated $5,000 to construct and install the signs.

"This seemed like something that fit right in line with a gift we make to the University for something like this," said Todd McCubbin, Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association.

McCubbin insisted that the signs would not be taken down because of the thefts.

"You don't want to make a decision what's for the greater good just based on what a few people might do that might be bad or against the law," he said.

Sales have not been high for the fake street signs.

Only two have been sold since they hit the shelves last week.

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