MAYFIELD - Response to fires and medical emergencies is becoming trickier after a string of 18 street-sign thefts in the town and village.
The recent trend began with a theft in July and has since resulted in town officials having to reorder the stolen signs from the state, which will cost tax payers about $1,800.
Town Highway Superintendent Melvin Dopp said the string of thefts will cost the town residents tax dollars and could endanger their lives.
"Whoever is doing this is putting people's life in danger, because whenever an [emergency responder is called], they could miss the sign," Dopp said. "They could drive on by, and the response time can go up ... I don't have any clue why somebody would want to put people's lives in danger."
The signs that have been stolen include two for Beach Street, two for Jackson Summit East, two for Jackson Summit West, two for Lakeview Drive, two for Paradise Point, and one each for Handy Road, Lakeside Drive, Grey Road, Ferguson Road, Tollmantown Road and Bradt Road.
"With some of them, just the sign was stolen," Town Supervisor Richard Argotsinger said "With others, the sign and the post were stolen It's probably going to average close to $100 each."
Dopp said town officials are asking residents to be more aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious behavior.
Argotsinger said town officials have been in contact with the Fulton County sheriff's office and have posted announcements on the town website telling residents to report any suspicious behavior.
"Mr. Dopp has told the sheriffs to keep a close eye on it," Argotsinger said. "It's pretty hard to know where and when it's going to happen. We're just basically asking residents in the town to keep their eyes open and let us know what's going on."