Visiting cemeteries has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  One of my favorite afternoons ever was exploring Pere Lachaise one spring day a few years ago.  A few weeks back I was in one of the small cemeteries that dot Manhattan and can be found if one looks hard enough.  I struck up a conversation with one of the security personnel who told me that the theft of bronze, copper, and other metals has become an increasing problem in the past few years.  The metals are worth a great deal as scrap and apparently the economy is forcing individuals to desperate measures.  The Wall Street Journal corroborates that this is, sadly, a national phenomenon.  Civil War cemeteries would seem to be particular vulnerable to such crime, with their statuary and other ornamentation.  Hopefully officials are aware of this trend and will increase their vigilance.