Security 500 conference     

 Don’t miss the networking event of the year for security executives!
Register today for the Security 500 Conference.

Security Newswire

Florida Lawmakers Pass Metal-Theft Bill

March 14, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Legistlators in Florida have passed a metal-theft bill that would enhance criminal penalities against metal-theives and corrupt recyclers, according to an article from the Orlando Sentinel. 

After the death of South Florida woman Thelma Morrow in September, lawmakers have been pressing for higher penalties on metal theft to help improve public safety, the article says. Morrow was killed when she was hit by a car on a dark street where copper theives had stripped the wires from Miami streetlights. The driver who hit her told police that the darkness made the crash difficult to avoid, the article says. 

The bill is being sent to Gov. Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it, and would be put into effect July 1, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The theft of utility wires would be classed as a first-degree felony instead of a misdemeanor, and the bill would also put pressure and restrictions on scrap-metal yards across the state. 

The bill prohibits buying 17 metal items often targeted for theft, inclduing manhole covers, backflow valves, coils from air conditioners and utiltiy light poles, wires and fixtures, the article says. People selling these items must prove ownership or proof that they are authroized to sell the metals. Dealers must also pay for metals by check, not cash. 

Any dealer intentionally ignoring the requirements, the article says, would face a third-degree felony charge, or a first-degree felony charge if caught with three or more offenses.

The new restrictions should only affect dealers who turn a blind eye to their illegal sources, the article says.

"It's the ones that aren't legit who are going to have serious problems to comply," said Keyna Cory, coordinator of Floridians for Copper and Metal Theft Crime Prevention, a coalistion of industry organizations. 

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Security Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.


Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

More Podcasts

Security Magazine

2014 November cover of Security Magazine

2014 November

Don't miss our 2014 Security 500 issue, with rankings, data on sectors, and other security benchmarkings, all contained within this November 2014 edition of Security magazine. Also, (re)learn the basics of lobby security and how to make the highest impact retrofit for your budget.
Table Of Contents Subscribe

Travel & the Ebola Risk

Are you and your enterprise restricting travel due to Ebola risks?
View Results Poll Archive


CompTIA Security+ Certification Study Guide
CompTIA's Security+ certification is a globally-recognized, vendor neutral exam that has helped over 60,000 IT professionals reach further and higher in their careers. The current Security+ exam (SY0-201) focuses more on being able to deal with security issues rather than just identifying them.
More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook 40px 2-12-13 Twitter logo 40px 2-12-13  YouTube  LinkedIn logo 40px 2-12-13Google+

Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

criticalhomepagethumbFrom terrorism to vandalism, it’s preparedness, response, training and partnerships. Learn about some of the critical security issues facing this sector.

Visit the Critical Infrastructure page to read more.