They seem to be everywhere: "24 HOUR EMERGENCY LOCKSMITH" stickers.

They're on storefront doors, gates, padlocks, even on the beautifully varnished doors of private homes.


On April 15, 2004, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation by Council Members Gale A. Brewer and Tony Avella, giving the residents and storekeepers the much-needed ammunition to fight these vandals.

Link to the video of the bill signing in April 2004

The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued hundreds and hundreds of Notices of Violation in the last year.
They appreared to have struck paydirt recently:

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