Metal Theft Statistics
|All across the country, metal theft has reached
epidemic proportions. Thieves know no limits. They rip copper parts
out of air conditioners, steal plumbing pipe from day care centers,
strip wiring from lighting fixtures at Little League ball parks and
blatantly hit construction sites for entire spools of copper wiring
and other metals.
|Between 2002 and 2007, reports of metal thefts
spiked almost 1000 percent, reaching an all time high of 3,339 per
year in Dallas, TX alone. In 2008, Dallas averaged more than 300
metal thefts a month. Despite lower metal market prices, in 2010
thefts still averaged 130 reports a month - or about 4 every day.
|Even national utility companies are
being hit. AT&T reports that the cost of repairing service cuts
due to metal theft was $7.3 million in 2008. Cell phone towers are
being stripped of wiring, bringing service down. Tornado warning
sirens were hit in Jackson, Mississippi. Street light poles cut down
and wiring stripped from them in Picher, Oklahoma. Our electric grid
system is at risk - thieves are striking at sub-stations in order to
get at copper coils in transformers.
Deter Thieves, Protect
|Don't let your utility connections and cooling
systems become prey to metal thieves. Make your system a hard target
to hit so that thieves will move on to an easier target. Secure them
with hard to cut through steel security cages made from a welded
steel angle framework and paneled with 1/2" expanded steel wire mesh
- too small to get wire cutters through and too tough to crush or
|Cages are anchored with special bolts that are
extremely difficult to remove. The bolt head actually snaps off on
installation, leaving a flat headed anchor that wrenches,
screwdrivers and bits cannot hold. Additionally, all anchor points
are inside the cage except for the padlock points, making this a
highly deterrent security tool.