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Lending service in Bad Düben to prevent theft of place-name signs

Town entrance signs are held laughing at the camera. / Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/dpa
Town entrance signs are held laughing at the camera. / Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/dpa

Time and again, the town signs of Bad Düben have been stolen. The spa town is now trying a special solution. Borrowing instead of stealing is now the order of the day.

The North Saxon city of Bad Düben is trying with a lending service to get the problem of the Ortsschilderklaus under control. From September 8, three different signs with the inscription Bad Düben and additionally the names of the districts Hammermühle or Alaunwerk can be borrowed, announced Mayor Astrid Münster (FWG). The yellow place plates were specially made and carry on the back the addition "Bock on festival".

In the past the health resort city had to fight like other municipalities also again and again with sign theft. Several times a year, the boards disappeared, only to be spotted again at music festivals on campgrounds, for example. That's not only a crime, he said, but also expensive for the city. "The stolen signs have to be reordered and a specialist company has to be found to install the signs professionally. For a sign come so loosely 300 euros together", so Münster.

Now the rental system is to ensure that the place name signs remain in their frames. Who wants to have a loan sign, can announce itself by Mail or by telephone with the city. The loan is free, but personal data must be deposited.

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