Copper fetches nearly three dollars a pound at scrapyards these days, and the demand does not appear to be abating at all.
May 1, 2014
Common recommendations for deterring copper theft include painting copper black to disguise it as plastic tubing, fencing areas with copper, or investing in alarm systems, surveillance cameras or security officers.
Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana legislators are working to crack down on copper thieves, devising similar legislation so someone will not be able to steal copper from one state and try to sell it in another.
Copper wire thefts from highway street lights have decreased over the past few months following a December plea for help, an Indiana Department of Transportation official said Thursday. Crews are crediting counter-theft measures put in place with the Indiana State Police.
Disguised as authentic utility workers, a band of copper thieves dug up and stole nearly £280,000-worth of redundant cabling from locations all around London, many of which were leaked through at least one crooked BT employee.