National Seashore seeks public help with vandalism

By on November 19, 2021

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

Signs near Buxton jetties prior to theft. (CHNS)

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) needs help catching individual(s) responsible for stealing safety signs and other Seashore property.

Over the last couple weeks, CHNS employees have noticed that several signs have been taken from Buxton Beach Access and the beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. A submerged hazard sign near the Buxton jetties was one of the signs taken. Others stolen signs include a reserved handicap parking sign, Dare County Community Crime Line sign, an Outer Banks National Scenic Byway sign (stolen several months ago), speed limit sign, no parking signs and other regulatory signs.

Additionally, decorative rope, strung through parking bollards at new parking areas on Hatteras Island, has been cut and stolen

An active law enforcement investigation is underway regarding these stolen signs and rope. We are asking visitors and residents who may have been in the area to contact us if they happened to observe any suspicious activity or may have seen any social media posts related to the theft of these items. Submit tips to Mike Henry at or 252-475-9006.



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  • Tom

    Some people don’t realize that if it wasn’t for the Department of the Interior Hatteras Island would look like KDH. Think about that the next time you want to rant about the NPS and FWS.

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 6:40 pm
  • Joan mcminn

    Start looking for little boys (12-18) usually the age they do these things. Be glad they r doing this rather than illicit drugs

    Saturday, Nov 20 @ 9:40 am
  • Bonney O

    Way into the off-season… prob can’t blame the tourists… control your local hoodlums.

    Saturday, Nov 20 @ 4:33 pm
  • Bud

    Bonny, this is the on-season, best of everything. Off-season is summer, most everything is miserable.

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 7:41 am
  • Robbie

    Someone stole the STOP sign from our neighborhood a few months back, but not the post it was on , just unscrewed the sign off the post. I think some may have thought it was taken down, because they are no longer stopping. Do you know how much one of these sign cost?

    Friday, Dec 3 @ 3:28 pm
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