THIEVES stealing grit from communal bins will be dealt with by police, the council warned this week.
In Solihull, there have been reports of residents raiding the bins to grit their own drives.
This means that the containers are often empty, putting drivers and pedestrians at risk in slippery areas.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “The salt in our grit bins is there to help residents stay safe on our roads - however this won’t happen if people take the salt for personal use.”
The bins are usually filled once a fortnight, but during the recent cold snap, the local authority has been forced to top them up twice a week.
To replenish all the containers, the council needs 100 tonnes of salt - costing somewhere in the region of £10,000.