I read an amazing piece in the paper this morning, about grave robbers in the Bay Area. They aren't interested in the bodies or personal effects they target the metals (bronze urns, even the gates in some cases) all over the cemetery. With metals becoming more and more valuable (bronze is $2 a pound) this sort of crime is definitely on the rise.
An ancillary note to this story, there are only two cemeteries in all of San Francisco, and neither is open. One is in the Presidio (the old military base.) The other is Mission Dolores, part of the original Spanish mission built here to subjugate educate the natives. It's last burial was 1888. In 1902, as land began to become more and more precious in San Francisco, the city outlawed further burials in SF. Thus, Colma, the Silent City, was created. Colma is a city more than half made up of cemeteries. The only incorporated city in the world where the dead outnumber the living. It goes without saying that it is sort of a creepy place.
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