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Continued: Brass thefts hit Twin Cities parking ramps and buildings

Despite the thefts, brass ­fittings are preferred for water connections because they are strong and don’t corrode. Some cities, including St. Louis Park, are trying to stop theft of brass swivels from buildings by installing locking caps that prevent swivels from being removed.

“It seems to be working,” Smith said.

He has encouraged ramp owners in his city to make examination of standpipes part of their security routine.

“They should make this part of their regular walk-through,” he said.

Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380

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