Two stories about dealing with the increasing spate of modern day grave robbing; Amid a rash of tombstone thefts from cemeteries in Johannesburg, a company will be offering relatives of the deceased a high-tech solution: microchips that can be inserted into the memorial that will sound an alarm and send a text message to their mobile phones if it is disturbed. Meanwhile, South Australian police nab a man who allegedly took 35 brass memorial plaques from an Adelaide cemetery.
9news reports from South Africathat thefts are often carried out at night and the recycled marble or granite tombstones winding up in the hands of crooked stonemasons, authorities are taking technology a step further to foil those who take "graveyard shift" a little too literally. The new tombstone microchips developed by a private company will be offered at the beginning of next year as part of the city's "smart" initiatives, said Alan Buff, the manager of Johannesburg City Parks Cemeteries and Crematoriums.
In South Australia, according to a couple of sources including this one, police say patrols stopped a car at suburban Gillies Plains on Thursday and found the plaques inside. A 25-year-old man was charged while another man fled the scene and remains at large. A police spokesman says another 50 plaques remain missing from the Enfield Cemetery.
NB: I suspect the "brass" plaques are actually bronze, but who gives a monkey's, right?