Copper thefts on the rise

Copper thefts on the rise

There are 10 comments on the Richmond Register story from Feb 6, 2011, titled Copper thefts on the rise. In it, Richmond Register reports that:

Rising copper prices have thieves targeting electrical cables as well as heating and cooling equipment.

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Lexington, KY

#1 Feb 7, 2011
Perhaps it is time to pass a law wherby anyone who sells such materials must supply a a drivers license and the buyer must make a photocopy of it?



Richmond, KY

#2 Feb 7, 2011
We can call it KRS433, brilliant!..

Richmond, KY

#3 Feb 7, 2011
Just to be more specific.

KRS 433.890/892/894/896 All deal with the sell of metal and the requirements thereof.

Lexington, KY

#4 Feb 7, 2011
Very good post, Troll-n-Motor. perhaps the most important thing in it is this:

“The best thing for law enforcement to do appears to be to work with local scrap dealers is make sure they are complying with the law and seek their cooperation in identifying and arresting sellers of stolen metals,” Melnykovych said “If you can dry up the market for stolen stuff, there will be far less incentive for theft.”

There are not that many scrap yards in a three-county area. Perhaps the Police could check them on a daily basis? Just a thought...



Lexington, KY

#5 Feb 7, 2011
Scrap yards are more interested in making a profit then they are at stopping crime.Most dont care if it is stoldin.

Brooksville, FL

#6 Feb 7, 2011
Don't know about copper but prices at the pumps keep going up and the gas siphoners are out in force looking to empty gas tanks of cars and trucks.

Danville, KY

#7 Feb 24, 2011
Now is a good time to invest in a weatherproof wireless night vision camera. They really are about a necessity anymore. We have them at our business and our home.

With all these copper thefts, HVAC thefts, and gas thefts its a small price to pay for a little peace of mind

Georgetown, KY

#8 Feb 25, 2011
why would someone spend hours and hours stealing that and get like 20 bucks? must need a hit bad....
some randome dude

Bucharest, Romania

#9 Apr 17, 2011
In rural areas guys are stealing power lines, yes.. power lines.

The bottom wire is the ground wire, so you can cut it off without being shocked. The length of wire between two poles is worth about $100 in scrap. Guys go around and cut out sections all night long and can make a couple grand doing it. In very rural areas there is no one to catch them in the middle of the night.

Scrap yards must know where the stuff is from, pretty obvious. I guess they just dont care.
ruralcopperthief killer

Berea, KY

#11 Oct 8, 2011
Hope they come to my neck of the woods!!!!!

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