Ohio city's parking meters targeted by vandals

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati are getting tired of finding that their parking meters have been beheaded.

The city's parking facilities superintendent says meter tops have been taken off some 175 meters since June. Most have been in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Police say they have stepped up patrols, placed security cameras in some areas, and are asking citizens to report anyone damaging meters. It costs at least $35 each to replace meter domes.

Authorities are puzzled about motivation for the spree. Meters collect only an average of $3.50 a day in the worst-hit neighborhood, and most coins drop into a lower chamber not accessible by removing the domes.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/XJkttM ) some people think the damage is a statement against metered parking. Or, that someone just enjoys damaging city property.

___

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.