/North Shore Road suffers sign thefts

North Shore Road suffers sign thefts

By Vivian Collings
North Shore Road residents are left discouraged following thefts of nearly 20 “slow down” signs placed at the end of driveways along the road in Algonquin Highlands.
Resident Paul MacInnes reported the thefts to the OPP, and a statement was released Tuesday, Sept. 20.
“The Haliburton Highlands OPP recently received reports of the theft of election and community safety signage and would like to remind residents to be vigilant and make a report if you witness any such incidents to the police immediately,” read the OPP statement.
It said anyone who removes signage without authority could be charged with theft under $5,000.
MacInnes said the signs were put up last Wednesday, Sept. 14 to attempt to slow traffic along the neighbourhood road.
“A lot of people walk with their families, ride their bikes, and walk their dogs along this road, and we’ve had a high-level of traffic along this road,” MacInnes said. “A group of residents decided to put up signs to help slow people down that drive dangerously fast.”
MacInnes got a number of the signs supplied by CAA, and some residents made their own signs in addition.
“On Saturday (Sept. 17), the signs were still there at 8 p.m. They were gone by Sunday morning,” MacInnes said.
Although the signs were only up for a short time, he said there was a noticeable difference in the speed of vehicles driving by.
“We won’t know the real result of them until we can get the signs up again.”