Town adding cameras to deter diesel thieves at town garage

Mayfield is hoping new security cameras will deter -- or catch -- thieves who so far this year have

The town has installed lights and plans to buy cameras at the highway department garage after it discovered that someone has stolen about $500 worth of diesel fuel out of equipment there within the last year, Supervisor Alan McLain said.

About a month ago, Highway Superintendent Melvin Dopp noticed that fuel costs this year were higher than normal, McLain said.

“We started keeping a real close eye on what was being used and found out that some of the equipment that wasn’t even being used, the fuel was missing,” McLain said.

The town stores many vehicles and equipment inside, but some of the older vehicles are kept outside, such as pavers and other road equipment, McLain said.

Officials plan to purchase two cameras for about $300 each to be placed outside at the highway department garage.

The town also wants to use part of a $20,000 Town Court security grant that it is applying for to add a third outdoor camera. Town Court is located in the old Town Hall near the highway department garage.

All three cameras would run continuously.

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