Flags again lit and flying at Poway Veterans Park
By Barbara Norton
All the flags are flying day and night over Poway Veterans Park now that the lights are back on.
Last month copper thieves stole the wiring from the lights that illuminate the flags. As a result, the flags were taken down because they could not be flown at night without being illuminated. City officials said they not have staff available to raise eight flags at sunrise and lower them at sunset.
An interim plan to fly the American flag during the day was implemented earlier this month by City Councilman Jim Cunningham.
“The lights were back on last Thursday after some final repairs were made,” Cunningham said. “The site was reinforced to lessen the likelihood of further thefts.”
Cunningham added the Veterans Park committee is looking into security measures to protect the park as well as installing cameras and other security devices to help apprehend anyone who damages the park.
The Poway Sheriff’s Station is still investigating this and other copper thefts that have occurred in Poway over the past year. Thieves have been targeting street lights which has cost the city over $50,000 in the last year, according to Leah Browder, director of public works.
“The thieves appear to be familiar with the electronics of street lights, having avoided being shocked while removing wire so far,” Browder said.
Residents are asked to report suspicious activities by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at 858-565-5200.
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