Updated 10/01/2012 05:29 PM
Burglaries pose safety threat for Mayfield residents
Burglaries in one Fulton County town are putting residents in a sticky situation. As our Maria Valvanis explains, stolen street signs will cost both time and money.
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MAYFIELD, N.Y. -- “Timing is everything. Seconds count,” said Fulton County Ambulance EMT driver David Clairmont.
Eighteen street signs have been stolen over the past two months throughout the town of Mayfield. The empty slots pose a threat to people trying to find their way, especially in emergency situations.
“We have a Fulton County Ambulance service, we don’t have a local one, so with the signs missing, it’s kind of hard to find the roads,” said Mayfield Town Supervisor Richard Argotsinger.
Clairmont said, “It’s terrible. It throws us off when we're trying to locate a patient’s house, our response time is definitely longer.”
Stolen signs include two from each end of Lakeview Drive, as well as Paradise Point, both desolate roads that could easily be missed. Town officials are working with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department to find out who's stealing them.
“We have no leads. No one has seen anything or at least no one has reported seeing anything,” said Argotsinger.
At this point, ten of the signs have been replaced, costing the town upwards of $100 apiece.
Argotsinger said, “We’re talking close to $2,000 of tax payer money to replace these signs.”
Regardless, Argotsinger tells us his main concern is the safety of residents and getting the rest of the signs replaced as quickly as possible.
"If the road sign isn't there and they're late to a call, it could be serious consequences."
"Hopefully we catch these people," said Clairmont.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Fulton County Sheriff's department, at (518) 736-2100.