Lancaster County reports the theft of road signs and vandalism of traffic lights are costing taxpayers about $41,000 a year.
"We do use a lot of stop signs and of course those are the most dangerous for us to lose because if somebody doesn't yield at an intersection there could be an accident,” said Lancaster County Engineer Pam Dingman.
On average, 260 county road signs are either stolen or vandalized each year. "Somebody starts to steal a sign and it seems that we'll repeatedly lose that sign for a certain duration of time, but it's really important to note that this is vandalism, this is threat, it does cost the taxpayer a serious amount of money."
Replacing or repairing signs runs around $26,000 per year and traffic light vandalism costs another $15,000. "The most popular traffic signal that we lose in Lancaster County for whatever reason is 14th and Agnew," said Dingman. "It's typically shot out multiple times a year for the last about 20 years and that's significant because if the signal has to be completely replaced it will cost around $4,000.