This morning I was reading an article from one of the Birmingham News blogs about copper thefts being on the rise. Basically many Birmingham area businesses are having to broaden their security systems due to frequent thefts of copper wiring and piping from heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, plumbing, etc.
And it’s not just the businesses being hit:
And after a Birmingham Red Cross warehouse was hit twice recently by copper thieves, agency officials said the next warehouse will have additional security in place to monitor both the building and the facility’s heating and cooling machinery.
Red Cross spokesman Chris Osborne said that when the agency finds another warehouse it will require that it be equipped with a security system to deter theft of copper wiring and piping.
Who in the HELL steals from Red Cross? That’s depraved.
Copper is easy to find, it’s in nearly everything (wiring, pipes, etc.). It also sells for almost $3 a pound. And because most recycling companies tend to deal in cash, it leaves a difficult trail for police to follow.
What I’d like to know is: how long will it be before thieves start striking Suburbia? How long before OUR outdoor plumbing and heating/cooling systems start getting ripped apart by these low-lifes and we have to start broadening the home security system to include those? IF it’s even possible for home systems!?
(I’m sure a quick call to ADT home security could answer that.)
A funny thought strikes me: what’s to guarantee that getting an ADT home security system would stop thieves? (or whatever brand! I only name them because I’ve had very good dealings with this company.)
In order to monitor an outdoor perimeter, some system equipment would have to be outside. Wouldn’t the security system USE copper wiring? A smart thief could shut it off first then strip everything (leaving your home vulnerable).
Good thing it’s still legal to bare arms here.