Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Detroit firehouses will likely be robbed if they're not manned full time-Detroit Free Press

3/20/13, "Empty Detroit firehouses are targeted by thieves," Detroit Free Press, by T. Battaglia

"Detroit firefighters discovered Monday that thieves took a TV, a computer, food, tools and soft drinks from the machine at an east-side station, the latest of a series of thefts at city firehouses.

Such thefts are increasing after cuts led to unmanned stations, Detroit Fire Department officials said. The Fire Department's agreement with the Detroit Fire Fighters Association includes a clause to reimburse staff for items they buy, such as TVs, kitchen supplies and personal items....

"Any one that's empty more than a couple of days, they've been breaking into," (Detroit Sr. Fire Chief) Lyon said. "They were taking the boiler, the radiators. They were taking that for scrap. They don't care; they break in the front window where everyone can see it.""...via Lucianne

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