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December 3, 2008

Copper Calm

Copper capers have calmed down considerably of late.  Nice to know that conniving creeps have cooled their quest for copper.  Copper keeping apparently isn't as lucrative as it used to be- yes copper cable costs have crashed.  Even amongst the thieves, the laws of supply and demand take effect- less value, less reason to steal.

And the price of copper has dwindled globally, not just here.  Cops who catch copper crooks say the tougher laws requiring sellers to show picture IDs and an official statement of where they got the copper from makes it that much tougher to simply snip away and slip away when grabbing the goods from roadways, schools, and business establishments.  Tough economic times might cause the numbers to rise, but if the price per pound for this formerly precious metal keeps dropping, this might be an example of market-driven economics- no market, no great value for thieves.

It would be na├»ve to think that desperate people will not resort to other forms of petty theft in these tough times, and certainly the attention paid to this problem by HPD has helped.  It would also be wrong to allow the requirements of sellers to be sloughed off by recycling companies.  But the calming of cut copper cables can help to allow cops to be constantly cautious of other conspicuous criminal capers.  Think about it...

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