[funsec] Copper Thefts Trigger Widespread Crackdown
fergdawg at netzero.net
Thu Jul 12 23:44:09 CDT 2007
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A Texas legislator made headlines this week for shooting a man allegedly
stealing copper pipes from a new home the lawmaker is constructing. Copper
theft is so rampant that 20 states including Texas passed laws this
year to try to squelch shady scrap-metal sales.
As the value of copper, aluminum and other scrap metals has risen in the
past two years, so have complaints from homeowners and businesses about
gutters stolen, air conditioners torn apart and cars tampered with by
criminals seeking to salvage the metal and earn some quick cash. More than
half of the states considered legislation this year to combat the reselling
of stolen metals, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries,
an industry trade group.
And of course, most copper thefts are aimed at wiring installations.
- - ferg
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