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Copper theft on rise at area farms

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Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:15 am, Thu Mar 10, 2011.

It’s been known for several years that there’s a lot of money to be made by stealing copper wire in rural areas and selling it to recyclers who will pay for it.

But copper theft seems to have gone up in the past year or so. Thornton farmer Mike Stokes reports that, despite secure fencing, thieves have stolen copper from his properties 30 times since June 10.

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  • Chris Santana posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Mar 18, 2011.

    Chris Santana Posts: 1

    As a commercial real estate agent and commercial property owner this has been a huge issue as well!! Large HVAC units are being vandalized just for the copper, costing landlords $15,000 to $40,000 a unit to replace. We have had landlords that didn't have the insurance in place to cover the replacement, and many of these large buildings have 5 to 10 units. We have been recommending our landlords install laser alarm systems and cameras on the roof tops which have been pretty effective. It seems to me that if there were stricter regulations at the recycling centers, this issue would slow down substantially. Drivers license and finger prints should be acquired. Those recycling on a regular basis should be investigated. It would be similar to what is required when we purchase allergy medication.

     
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