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Old 10-09-2011, 06:43 AM   #1
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Copper pipe theft--again


I dropped in on a job a friend of mine is working on---He asked me to look at the well pump-----

Some sneaky little thief stole all the copper from the lower level of the house.

Second call like that this year----

Any body else here finding this to be common?

I can't imagine risking jail--lawyers and bail for a few hundred dollars worth of scrap---that's just nuts.

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Old 10-09-2011, 07:14 AM   #2
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Depends on the criminal, but I'd guess if any one of us were hungry and homeless enough, extreme measures would seem much less extreme.

With unemployment where it is and a bleak looking job future for many, I'd get to installing a lock on the crawlspace door at a bare minimum.

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Old 10-09-2011, 07:18 AM   #3
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The home owner now has a pair of attack Chihuahuas---

Actually the house was a foreclosure-- and stood empty for a while--
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Washington has a 10 day waiting period if you recycle more then $30. Then they mail you your money. This gives the victim a chance to file a report. I have no idea how he identifies his stolen pipe though.
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The thieves around here use bolt cutters----crushed pipe ends-- the scrap yards must know what stolen pipe looks like----I've never seen a plumber with bolt cutters----
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:49 AM   #6
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Copper in NY is up if people are hard up they will steel for anything.

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Sounds like pex would fix that problem, not much value in plastic recycle.

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Actually the house was a foreclosure-- and stood empty for a while--
In that case, very common. I know of a guy who was building a very high end home in a remote location. His outside AC units (4) were gutted on site twice and the shells left there. He also had copper stripped from the house once and wiring stolen.

I can't tell you how many guys lost aluminum pics and ladders in this area.
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Actually, the down turn in the economy has not made much of a difference in thefts.....

What amazes me is that dirt bags are too lazy to get a job....but will sweat their ass off to steal copper pipe and wire.....

Most states have passed laws making it difficult to recycle things like copper pipe and wire (as noted above)....but the real problem is that there are recyclers who will give a dirtbag half the going rate for the "get it now price". Solve that problem....and you will make some progress.
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What amazes me is that dirt bags are too lazy to get a job....but will sweat their ass off to steal copper pipe and wire.....
Canít get the job if they canít pass the UA.
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We had someone pull a pump out of a deep well out here and steal it.


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Can't say I've seen any attempted thefts around here on the commercial/industrial sites I've worked on recently, they now have 24 hour security teams on site.

I do remember a few back a couple of guys tried to 'blend in' when everyone went on shift, trying to steal tools or anything else loose lying around I guess. Too bad they forgot to wear anything resembling safety/work gear and were arrested within minutes of walking through the gate.

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