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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Attempted Copper Theft Foiled

Skyrocketing prices for metals, especially copper, have made what was once a minor nuisance into a major problem costing over $1 billion/year according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Pipes, wires, cables, gutters, and flashing are all being torn from walls and buildings. Roof-top air units are being stripped of their copper coils. Thieves target copper in vacant buildings or difficult to secure areas. In addition, the collateral damage done ripping pipes and wires out of walls far exceeds the actual cost of the copper stolen.

Many businesses are employing security to thwart off these would-be copper thieves. This tactic proved valuable for one Yale client in Omaha. While performing routine mobile patrol on June 21st, Security Officer Charles Glover was instrumental in detecting two individuals that were attempting to steal copper. Both suspects were taken into custody and police charged both with trespassing and attempted theft. Great job Officer Glover!

Bernie Tracy,
Regional Vice President

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