Copper thieves can wreak havoc on a home or business, dismantling air conditioning units, plumbing and more in hopes of getting scrap to sell. With the cost of scrap metal increasing, Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona warns consumers and business owners to take precautions.
Copper thieves have cost residents and businesses thousands of dollars and created an additional challenge for law enforcement, since stolen scrap metal is difficult to track.
The problem has become so rampant in Texas, the Legislature considered seven separate bills concerning copper theft in the 2011 Legislative Session. In 2007, the state began to require scrap metal dealers to register with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Ray Brown, a detective in Texas with the Austin Police Department said copper thieves are difficult to stop because they choose easy targets, like unsecured air conditioning units, which are plentiful in Tucson.
“It’s too easy because sometimes they’ll do it during the day and people think, ‘well it’s just somebody (more…)