Costs include replacement of power cords, manhole covers, iron grates, as well as labor
From January to September this year, more than R$700,000 in damages were accounted for in repairs and replacement of metallic material stolen from the capital’s public roads, according to data from Sisep (Municipal Infrastructure and Public Services). Such costs include replacement of power lines, manhole covers, iron grates, in addition to labor costs.
Given this scenario, the city hall has intensified inspections of junkyards in the Capital, which may be receiving metals resulting from robberies or thefts. Only on this Wednesday (13), two establishments, one in Bairro Aero Racnho and another in the Bairro Guanandi region were notified for being operating without a permit. However, no illicit material was found in scrap metals. In total, eight addresses were inspected this morning alone.
Carried out by Semadur (Municipal Department of Environment and Urban Management) in conjunction with the Sanitary Surveillance and GCM (Metropolitan Civil Guard), Operation Old Iron seeks to identify the recipients of stolen metallic materials, as well as to curb the purchase and sale of these products , in addition to reducing damage to public coffers.
In June, 29 junkyards were fined and at least two people were arrested for reception, as part of the operation.