Political Signs A Target Of Vandalism Across WNY
This political season is making a mark on front yards across Western New York. WIVB-TV tells us viewers reached out to say thieves are stealing and vandalizing their lawn signs.
“Whether or not I have a sign there that supports Joe Biden or if I have a sign there that says I love dogs. What if somebody doesn’t like dogs? Does that mean they have the right to come on my property and take it? It’s still trespassing to come on my lawn and take it,” said Orchard Park resident Darleen Stry.
Stry had Biden sign on her lawn to show her support for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate that turned up missing. The sign was eventually found down her street torn in half.
“People say well you shouldn’t have signs because it makes you a target,” she said. “Why does it make it a target? You know, why are they so wrapped up about what I have on my lawn? You worry about your lawn.”
Similar vandalism of lawn signs is happening all across Western New York.
Susan Vriesen in Lancaster put a Trump sign on her lawn Monday afternoon and not even a day later the sign was gone.
Alexis, a Tonawanda resident had her Trump signs stolen six times and even managed to catch people in the act.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s office released a statement saying they've received several reports of political signs being stolen from property in the County. The Sheriff’s Office adding that it is a crime to remove a sign from someone's property.