Nijmegen City hides statues to save them from robbers

November 11th, 2010 - 9:23 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

makri Nijmegen, Nov 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Some decorations can be just too expensive. In the case of a Dutch town, it was too profitable for thieves.

Nijmegen which is located in the eastern part of Holland has had enough of robbers. The city’s authorities they are bringing down about ten of the city’s statues because of the fear of robbers. The high cost of bronze has made most of these statues the target of these robbers. Over the recent times, they have stolen and melted these alloy metals and the city officials have had enough of that.

The statues are being taken off the street and practically “hidden” so that these robbers will not have access to them. Among the ten to be taken from the streets is “Mariken van Nieumeghen” which translates “Mariken from Nijmegen” in English. The statue has a special place in the heart of the townsfolk because it represents a character in a book that was written around the 1500s.

With the original statues taken from the streets, the city officials say they will replace them with inferior ones or implant GPS locator inside the statues and replace them.

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