Authorities in Shanghai’s Putuo district will begin upping security around Suzhou Creek following recent thefts of bronze plates on display along the waterfront. C’mon guys.
The managing authority said they will increase patrols and are now getting police involved since the frequency of thefts has gone up in the past few months.
The plates, which were introduced in 2008, feature scenes of old Shanghai and are placed along a decorative wall in the 13.5-kilometer-long green area at the west side of Wuning Road Bridge. By the end of this week, 33 of the 54 plates were missing. Now, only their empty frames remain propped up on the wall in a pitiful display. Apparently many of the thefts occurred recently.
What’s worse, staff believe the bronze artwork is merely being resold for scrap metal and isn’t even hanging up in some post-college kid’s hip studio apartment as a talking point for all of his wild thieving antics. Lamp bulbs and electric wires have also mysteriously disappeared from the area.