New York City officials
are tracking trucks carrying debris from the World Trade Center in an effort
to prevent theft, according to a published report. More than 120 trucks have
been fitted with the global positioning system (GPS) units, the New York Post
reported. The new security move is estimated to cost the city more than $100
City officials and several
other agencies, including the FBI, will monitor the trucks as they haul debris
from the site. If a truck strays from its intended route or speeds its engine
can be disabled by remote. The device also emits a signal if the transmitter
is tampered with.
The system is being put
into place after more than 250 tons of scrap metal from ground zero was discovered
last month in three unofficial dumps on Long Island and in New Jersey. Authorities
believe scrap metal and other debris on its way to the Fresh Kills landfill
in Staten Island was diverted to the other yards so it could be sold. No arrests
have been made, but the investigation is ongoing.
All debris is sent to
the landfill so investigators can sort through it for any evidence or human
remains. The city also plans to start taking photos of the trucks as they
leave the site and again as they enter the landfill.